Guest vocalists performed "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with 'U2 Minus One'
by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
For the thousands of people crammed into the center of Times Square on a rainy Monday evening, it must have seemed like a surreal dream inspired by a night gorging on junk food, Born to Run and The Joshua Tree. U2's the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. played the familiar opening notes of "Where the Streets Have No Name," but Bono was nowhere in sight. Instead, out walked Bruce Springsteen in a leather jacket. Needless to say, the crowd - which didn't pay a dime for the show or have any clue it was even happening until about 2:30 that afternoon - went into complete hysterics.
"I want to run!" he sang with incredible force and confidence. "I want to hide. I want to tear down these walls. . ." It was an amazing moment at a World AIDS Day (RED) benefit that came together in complete secrecy over the past couple of weeks. Originally scheduled as a regular U2 show meant to follow their planned week-long Jimmy Fallon residency, the band had to start working the phones after Bono's devastating Central Park bike injury left him unable to perform. Nobody says no to Bono, especially an injured Bono, so Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen agreed to front U2 for the evening, joining Kanye West and Carrie Underwood on the bill. Despite everything that goes into assembling a free outdoor concert in the heart of New York City, word of the gig didn't reach the public until U2 announced it on their website about five hours before showtime.