Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY

Set List of Show:

Set List:

  • "With or Without You"

Additional Music

Snippets of Other Songs Performed by Bono:

    "Three Little Birds" (Bob Marley) / "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Presley) / "(Theme from) The Monkees" (The Monkees) /


Bono makes a promotional appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performs some songs.

Show Details:

Bono appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert which tapes in the Ed Sullivan Theater, in New York City. Bono speaks with Colbert as well as performing two songs for the TV broadcast which airs on CBS hours after it is taped. Bono appeared to promote his memoir Surrender released earlier in the week, and his tour “Stories of Surrender“ which launched the night before the taping of the Colbert show with a show at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Doors opened at 4:30pm for the taping. Bono had arrived at the theatre a few hours earlier to soundcheck for the show. Taping of the show ran from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. Bono taped an interview with Colbert, as well as participating in a few skits, and it included some stories being told when the cameras were not rolling. About 45 minutes of interview material was taped. Colbert shared with the audience that it was one of the best interviews he ever did. During the interview Bono sang bits of “Three Little Birds”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “(Theme from) The Monkees”, sometimes accompanied by Colbert.

Bono performed “With or Without You” with Jacknife Lee, Kate Ellis, and Gemma Doherty, who are accompanying him on stage during his “Stories of Surrender” tour. They also taped the narrative that precedes “With or Without You” in the live show, which has Bono speaking about the home he and Ali first lived in. The performance was taped ahead of the interview, and was done in a single take.

Bono’s appearance on the show was announced on October 27, 2022.

The last time that Bono was performing in the theater it was with U2 in 2011 as the U2360 tour was wrapping up and David Letterman was still hosting his show from the Ed Sullivan Theater. Prior to that U2 performed on Letterman in the same theatre four times in 2009 (aired over five nights) and once in 2001. Colbert took over the show in September 2015, and this is Bono’s first performance on the show since that time.

Many thanks to Tracy and Neil for the help with the story above!

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