Bono Ukraine

Bono (Paul David Hewson), Irish singer-songwriter, activist, and the lead vocalist of the rock band U2, Antytila, a Ukrainian musical band leader and now the serviceman in the Ukrainian Army Taras Topolia, and guitarist David Howell Evans aka ‘The Edge’ perform at subway station which is bomb shelter, in the center of Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on 8 May 2022. Image: Sergei Supinsky / AFP

Bono performs U2 classics during a surprise show in Kyiv

Bono, alongside U2 guitarist The Edge performed some of the band’s classics at a surprise performance in Kyiv.

Bono Ukraine

Bono (Paul David Hewson), Irish singer-songwriter, activist, and the lead vocalist of the rock band U2, Antytila, a Ukrainian musical band leader and now the serviceman in the Ukrainian Army Taras Topolia, and guitarist David Howell Evans aka ‘The Edge’ perform at subway station which is bomb shelter, in the center of Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on 8 May 2022. Image: Sergei Supinsky / AFP

Irish rock star Bono praised Ukraine’s fight for “freedom” during a performance in a metro station in downtown Kyiv Sunday, where the U2 frontman also issued his own prayer “for peace”.

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BONO BELTS OUT U2 CLASSICS IN KYIV

From the platform of a Kyiv metro station, the 61-year-old rock icon belted out U2 classics Sunday Bloody Sunday, Desire and With or without you.

“The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” said Bono during a break.

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The singer also referenced the past conflicts in the band’s native Ireland and the troubles it had with a more powerful neighbour.

“We pray that you will enjoy some of that peace soon,” said Bono.

BONO SINGS ALONGSIDE A UKRAINIAN SOLDIER

The surprise appearance by Bono – a long time humanitarian who frequently lends his voice to a variety of causes including the fight against poverty and AIDS — came as air raid sirens echoed in the Ukrainian capital and fighting raged in the country’s east.

At one point, Bono invited a Ukrainian soldier to sing along who called on the world’s support for the embattled country as they covered Stand by me.

BONO PERFORMED IN FRONT OF A SMALL CROWD IN KYIV

Bono performed alongside U2’s guitarist The Edge to a small crowd of fans including fatigue-clad members of Ukraine’s armed forces.

“It’s some good emotions, that’s all,” said a member of the Ukrainian territorial forces in the audience.

“It’s a strange feeling, like being a child going to first grade,” said 36-year-old university lecturer, Olesia Bezsmertna, ahead of the show.

Olesia Bezsmertna

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