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U2 surprise fans at London charity gig


Story by Jack Foley

U2 STARS Bono and The Edge wowed fans when they made a surprise appearance at a London charity gig on Friday night (November 23, 2007).

The Irish duo took to the stage of The Union Chapel in north London to play an unannounced four-song set, in front of just 250 stunned people.

The gig formed part of the annual Little Noise Sessions in aid of Mencap and were due to feature Biffy Clyro and The View as confirmed acts.

After taking to the stage Bono joked with the crowd not to tell band-mates Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton about the appearance.

And they then opened proceedings with Stay, before moving on to Desire, Angel Of Harlem and a first-time performance of the song Wave Of Sorrow, a track originally written for their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, the curator of the event, told the BBC that the pair’s surprise appearances was evidence of how great they really are as both professional artists and people.

Ironically, the surprise appearance came just hours after U2 had been forced to deny reports they they were planning a residency series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena next year.

In a message posted on their official website, the band stated: “There are no plans for live dates next year.”

The group are set to re-release their landmark album The Joshua Tree next month (December) but have urged fans not to buy any tickets if they see them on sale anywhere.

They have also promised to make any future announcements about gigs through their website