This Frankenstein’s monster of a benefit show shouldn’t have worked.
As part of World AIDS Day, U2 announced a surprise show yesterday afternoon: Times Square, 7:30 p.m., to be broadcast on YouTube and ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown. The Irish rock royalty—the same guys who implanted their most recent record into millions of iTunes libraries back in September—know high-stakes spotlights well, but Monday evening they were without iconic frontman Bono, who was injured last month in a bicycle accident.
Instead, U2 and Bono’s charity organization (RED) moved forward with an assemblage of top-notch artists that few would have envisioned sharing a bill, much less a stage. Dubbing themselves “U2 Minus 1,” the band invited Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen to fill Bono’s shoes, and recruited Carrie Underwood and Kanye West to give solo performances. Despite drearily persistent rain, the show didn’t disappoint. READ FULL STORY