What was supposed to be a surprise free concert in Times Square on Monday night by U2 for World AIDS Day turned into something much stranger due to the debilitating injuries suffered by Bono in a Nov. 16 biking accident in Central Park.
Instead, along with performances by Kanye West and Carrie Underwood on a rainy night in mid-town Manhattan, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen subbed for their buddy and sang with the threesome of Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
"This year is a World AIDS Day like no other," Bono, said in a statement from Dublin, where is he is recuperating. "The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS – more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. A lot of people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS.
"We wouldn't be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right. Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago. Americans don't know the role they've played in this fight. Tonight's event is to inform them and thank them."
Watch the just under an hour long show below, including five songs from West, and the Springsteen versions of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" coming in at the end.
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