U2's Bono And The Edge Perform Surprise Solidarity Concert For Ukraine In Kyiv Bomb Shelter

Taylor Sakellis
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Fans of U2 know the Irish band is known for their activism almost as much as their music.

The rock band has never shied away from difficult subjects, and the war in Ukraine is no different. Recently, the band's lead singer and guitarist performed a surprise concert in a bomb shelter to show their support to the citizens of Ukraine amidst the ongoing Russian invasion.

While visiting Ukraine's capital city Kyiv, U2's Bono and The Edge showed their support by doing what they do best.

Giving an impromptu concert in a subway station turned bomb shelter, the U2 band members played classics like "With or Without You" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday," as reported by The Irish Times.

They also performed a cover of "Stand By Me" with Ukrainian musician Taras Topolia and his band Antytela. The band, who are now registered members of the Ukrainian army, replaced the word "me" in the song with "Ukraine."

The powerful performance has been going viral online.

"The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom," Bono said during the surprise performance.

Bono and The Edge later revealed in a tweet that their visit came about by invitation from Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

They said the performance was a "show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people."

Fans on social media praised the band for their sign of support.

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