U2’s Bono hosts ‘freedom’ show in Kyiv metro
Irish rock star Bono hailed Ukraine’s fight for “freedom” during a concert at a downtown kyiv metro station on May 8, where the U2 frontman also offered his own prayer ” for peace”.
From the platform of a kyiv metro station, the 61-year-old rock icon sang U2 classics “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Desire” and “With or without you”.
“Ukrainians are not only fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” Bono said during a break.
The singer also referenced past conflicts in the band’s native Ireland and the problems he had with a more powerful neighbour.
“We pray that you will enjoy this peace soon,” Bono said.
The surprise appearance of Bono, a longtime humanitarian who frequently lends his voice to a variety of causes including the fight against poverty and AIDS, came as air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital and the fighting swelled. rage in the east of the country.
At one point, Bono invited a Ukrainian soldier to sing which called on the world to support the beleaguered country as they performed “Stand by me”.
Bono performed alongside U2 guitarist “The Edge” in front of a small crowd of fans, including members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in fatigues.
“It’s good emotions, that’s all,” said a member of the Ukrainian territorial forces in the audience.
“It’s a strange feeling, like being a kid going into first grade,” 36-year-old college professor Olesia Bezsmertna said before the show.