After a personal call from the President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenskyU2’s Bono and the Edge visited Kyiv on Sunday to perform an acoustic concert at one of the city’s subway stations that turned into bomb shelters.
“People in Ukraine are not just fighting for your freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” Bono told an audience, including soldiers. “We pray you enjoy that peace soon.”
According to Irish Timesthe set included performances of U2 hits such as “With or Without You”, “Desire”, “Angel of Harlem”, “Vertigo” and a performance of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” which replaced the title “Me” with “Ukraine”. ”
During an intimate set, the U2 duo were joined on their makeshift stage by Ukrainian musicians pushed to military duty due to the Russian invasion; singer Taras Topolya from the Ukrainian band Antytila was among those who sang alongside Bon.
“President @ZelenskyyUa he invited us to perform in Kiev as an expression of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and that is what we have come to do, ”Bono and Edge tweetao Sunday.
Bono and Edge previously participated in Global Citizen’s “Stand Up for Ukraine” livestream, where the duo played a rendition of the song “Walk On” that dealt with the invasion.
“Brave people from Ukraine they are fighting for their freedom – and for ours – in the face of unspeakable violence and unjust invasion, ”the U2 duo said in April. “More than 4 million people, mostly women and children, have had to flee to save their lives – a population almost the size of Ireland. World leaders must now stand up and stand by Ukrainians – those who are fighting and those who have fled – and stand by refugees everywhere who have been expelled from their homes and their countries. ”
Bono also wrote a poem about the invasion of Ukraine that was read aloud by Nancy Pelosi.