Bono and The Edge performing at McDaid’s

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2022-12-15)

Over the last two nights, Bono and The Edge have been seen in the company of David Letterman filming a special around Dublin and have given two performances now. The project is being kept under wraps, but is expected to air on Saint Patrick’s Day worldwide, and is expected it will be used for promotion of the upcoming Songs of Surrender album. Anton Corbijn has also been present these last few days.

On December 14, Bono and The Edge performed at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin. They were joined by a number of other musicans, performing U2 songs, including Kate Ellis and Jacknife Lee who have been touring with Bono for his “Stories of Surrender” tour. Glen Hansard was also in attendance and perfomed with the band, and the Irish music education program, Music Generation, was also involved in the performances. The evening was filmed, and Letterman was seen entering the theatre. A very small audience was allowed in to see the performance, including the families of Music Generation students involved in the performance.

Tonight, Bono and The Edge were walking through the streets of Dublin with a film crew in tow, and Letterman with them. Tonight they ended up at McDaid’s pub, just off of Grafton Street. They were once again joined by Glen Hansard, as well as Imelda May, and once again a performance was given. It is known that Imelda contributed vocals at one point. Other local musicians who are regularly part of the annual busk were also in attendance. McDaid’s is a small venue and there was no audience for the performance. The bar was decked out for St. Patrick’s Day tonight for the evening, and not the expected Christmas decorations.

Both performances were filmed, and those present were asked not to spoil all the surprises. We’ll fill in those set list blanks after the program airs.

Both Hansard and May will be part of tomorrow night’s broadcast of the Late Late Show where they will promote the return of the annual Busk, returning outside to the Grafton Street area for the first time since Covid has hit. The show is being billed as a musical focus this week, and Hansard will be joined by his co-star Markéta Irglová on a performance of their Academy Award winning song “Falling Slowly”, and will be later joined by May for a performance of “Fairytale of New York”.

We’re told the Late Late Show is one to watch tomorrow, and that some of the footage from the last few days may make an appearance as part of the broadcast. Even if it doesn’t it is sure to be entertaining. The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ.

Many thanks to Ronan and Duane for the information and photos shared with us.

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