By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
Anyone who ever asked “How would U2 sound with Bruce Springsteen on vocals?” got their answer Monday night, as Bruce filled in for the injured Bono when U2 (among other acts) played a surprise World AIDS Day concert at Times Square in New York City. You can watch the entire concert in the video above, but Bruce’s part begins at 37:21.
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin also filled in for Bono on “Beautiful Day” and “With Or Without You” at the start of the show, bridging the gap between generations of music. But the real highlight was Bruce bringing his trademark gruff, burly vocals to the Joshua Tree classics “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.
Next up: Bono and the E Street Band? Eh, maybe just stick to U2.