Watch U2’s Surprise Jam in Grand Central NYC
Last year -- shortly after the free release of their latest album Songs of Innocence -- U2 had to cancel a week-long residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after frontman Bono’s biking accident in Central Park. Now, several months later and just ahead of their upcoming Innocence and Experience tour, the band is gearing up to make up that appearance this Friday (May 8).
The entire Tonight Show episode will revolve around the Irish rockers, including sketches and, of course, musical performances. In preparation for the upcoming Fallon appearance, U2 busked a few of their songs at the Grand Central subway station in New York City yesterday (May 4). Watch them play “Angel of Harlem” from 1988’s Rattle and Hum in the fan-shot video below:
U2’s Innocence and Experience tour kicks of May 14-15 with a two-night run in Vancouver. From there, the band will make two consecutive appearances (or four in the case of L.A., N.Y.C. and London) at 19 cities. Check out a complete list of stops here.
Bono and company recently opened up about the forthcoming tour, saying that due to the backlash from the iTunes release of their latest full-length, they could very well be performing to stadiums filled with people who are unfamiliar with their new album.
“The idea that there may be a whole swath of audience out there that don’t yet know they like the band is really turning us on,” Bono said in an interview. “It makes us want to go out and find them if they’re there. They may not be there.”