Thursday 29 January 2015

U2 steal the show with three tracks at fundraiser

Published 13/01/2014 | 02:30

Actress Michelle Dockery, of the drama series Downton Abbey, arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California
Actress Michelle Dockery, of the drama series Downton Abbey, arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California
Australian actress Cate Blanchett on the town at the weekend ahead of the Golden Globes
Bono performs on stage with U2 at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
From left, Paris Hilton, Piers Morgan, and Celia Walden at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
Usher and Idris Elba at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala oat the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

THERE were plenty of pre-Golden Globe awards parties over the weekend, but it was the surprise performance by U2 that helped make the Help Haiti Home benefit the most exciting.

U2 took to the stage at the Montage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on Saturday night, where a string of well-known faces turned out to support Sean Penn's third annual fundraiser in aid of the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.

Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron were among the guests at the event that raised an estimated €7m for charity.

U2 performed three songs for the glittering room of attendees, with father-of-four Bono (53) also providing an acoustic rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' with Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.

Other acts to perform included Israeli musician Asaf Avidan.

Dublin-based U2 are currently in Hollywood for the 71st Golden Globes awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton last night.

The band was nominated in the Best Original Song category for their track 'Ordinary Love', which features on the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', a moving film that tells the story of the late Mandela's life.

British star Idris Elba was nominated for the Best Actor last night for his portrayal of Mandela.

Irish Independent

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