Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: U2 don disguises and busk in a New York subway in a sketch for Jimmy Fallon

Bono and the band performed in a subway in disguise for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Bono and the band performed in a subway in disguise for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Bono with Jimmy Fallon
Bono and Tony Fenton
Bono and The Edge perform at Grand Central Station in New York
Bono's stunt double prop gets a bike accident whilst filming scenes for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' in New York City
Independent.ie Newsdesk

A disguised U2 took to the bleach and donned fake moustaches to perform some of their greatest hits on a New York subway platform as part of a sketch for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

Bono and the rest of the gang descended underground at 42nd Street and Grand Central station to perform their hit ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and a small unsuspecting crowd began to gather.

As the front man belted into the song and Larry Mullen Jr. replaced his drums with overturned plastic buckets, Jimmy Fallon’s undercover film crew recorded the uninterested crowd.

This week U2 were the main focus of The Tonight Show more than six months after being forced to cancel their appearance due to Bono’s Central Park accident in which he suffered serious injuries.

The singer broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket after falling over the handlebars of his bike in New York last November.

Bono and The Edge perform at Grand Central Station in New York
Bono and The Edge perform at Grand Central Station in New York
Bono and the band performed in a subway in disguise for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Bono with Jimmy Fallon
Bono and Tony Fenton
Bono's stunt double prop gets a bike accident whilst filming scenes for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' in New York City

"I had the humerus bone sticking out of the leather jacket," the singer told Fallon during the episode.

The injuries Bono sustained from the accident prevented him from performing for several months but the musician will return to the stage this month as part of the Innocence + Experience Tour.

Bono described the tour as "stripped down, minimal and raw" in a pre-recorded interview with late Today FM DJ Tony Fenton which was broadcast on Monday.

"We are looking for (a sense of) intimacy," Bono explained. "We've a plan that we're very excited about, which is . . . minimal, stripped down, and raw . . . but we also want to cause some mayhem."

Fenton, who passed away in March after a five-year battle with cancer, was invited to interview Bono at his Killiney home in January after the singer learnt of his illness. It was Fenton's last ever interview.

During the course of the hour-long broadcast Bono thanked Fenton for his unwavering support over the years.

"We're big fans of you. Over the years you've been a hell of a light and we needed it," he said.

"I'm sure we embarrassed you . . . but you always stood by our band and it has meant a great deal to us . . . We absolutely appreciate it."

The dates for the Irish leg of the Innocence + Experience tour have yet to be announced but Bono confirmed the gigs wouldn't take place in the 3Arena.

Towards the end of the interview Bono added: "I sing to save my life. I'm more volatile than is good for you. I write to douse the flames."

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