Responding to an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, U2 frontman Bono and lead guitarist The Edge performed at a subway station in Kyiv that serves as a bomb shelter on Sunday, in a show of solidarity with Ukrainians fighting the Russian invasion.
“President Zelensky invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do,” Bono tweeted, adding the hashtag #StandWithUkraine.
Addressing the small crowd, Bono said, “This evening, 8 May, shots will ring out in the Ukraine sky, but you’ll be free at last. They can take your lives, but they can never take your pride.”
During a 40-minute acoustic set, the U2 band members played “Stand by Me,” “With or Without You” and “Angel of Harlem” at the Khreschatyk metro station.
Ukrainian singer Taras Topolia joined Bono and The Edge in performing the classic Ben E. King song.
“I’m asking you to help our president and our diplomacy to extract Ukraine’s soldiers from Mariupol,” Topolia said, referring to the besieged southeastern city in Ukraine.”
(Photo: Antonio Cruz/ABr)
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