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Springsteen, U2 rock World AIDS Day concert

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 00:54

Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin filled in for U2's injured lead singer Bono at a surprise World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square. Rough cut - no narration

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin filled in for U2's injured lead singer Bono on Monday evening and rocked a surprise World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square with the Irish rock group. They joined other U2 members, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr., to perform the group's songs as crowds packed the center of Manhattan bundled in coats and hats and huddled under umbrellas as rain fell. Former President Bill Clinton opened the concert and said he received an email from Bono, who is recuperating in Ireland from a cycling accident in New York last month, asking him to do the introduction. Singer Carrie Underwood sang two songs, followed by rapper Kanye West, before U2 returned with Springsteen, who led the group with "Where The Streets Have No Name." Bono, who has lobbied for a variety of causes including debt relief, world poverty and AIDS, earlier on Monday said on the group's website that this year was a World AIDS Day like no other because 13 million people have access to life-saving drugs, up from 300,000 just over 10 years ago. The Irish rocker was hurt while cycling in New York's Central Park. He sustained injuries to his face, shoulder blade and arm, which required hours of surgery. Three metal plates and 18 screws were needed to repair the bone in his upper arm. He will have intensive therapy but is expected to make a full recovery.

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Springsteen, U2 rock World AIDS Day concert

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 00:54