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Bono and The Edge: Tiny Desk Concert
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Published on 2 weeks ago

Robin Hilton | March 17, 2023
It's hard to overstate the kindness and good-natured humor Bono and The Edge brought to the Tiny Desk. When they first arrived at the NPR Music offices, Bono spoke on an imaginary phone, "The talent's here! The talent's coming through," poking fun at their own fame, while carrying The Edge's guitar. (The Edge called Bono the best roadie he's ever had.) The two never stopped beaming, like two overjoyed newcomers thrilled at the chance to play for someone.

The performance was a preview of U2's new album, Songs Of Surrender, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from across the band's catalog. To help pull off several reimagined songs from the 2000 album All That You Can't Leave Behind, Bono and The Edge invited a teen choir from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., to join them. During rehearsals, Bono told the students to think of "Beautiful Day" as the kind of "post-drinking" singalong you'd bellow with friends after leaving a bar. He then quickly realized none of them are old enough to drink, before feigning a heart attack.

Traveling without bassist Adam Clayton or drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and The Edge made the trip from Ireland to the States specifically for the Tiny Desk, arriving in D.C. after five days of rehearsals at Bono's New York apartment. When they settled in for the performance, they treated the office to four songs, including a deeply emotional version of "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," written for the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, and a reworked version of "Walk On," which Bono said was inspired by and dedicated to the people of Ukraine.

"Beautiful Day"
"In a Little While"
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
"Walk On"

Bono: vocals
The Edge: guitar, vocals
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Choir: Petra Munter, Ayan Yacob, Kirsten Holmes, Jayla Norwood, Dyor Taylor, Jaylyn Pickney, Jevon Skipper, Joshua Jennings, Jordan Freeman
Patrick Lundy: choir director
Special thanks to: Sandi Logan (principal/HOS), Isaac Daniel (assistant principal)

Producer: Bob Boilen
Director: Joshua Bryant
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Editor: Maia Stern
Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Sofia Seidel, Michael Zamora
Audio Assistant: Alex Drewenskus
Production Assistant: Jill Britton
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Pilar Galván
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

#nprmusic #tinydesk #u2 #bono #theedge

100 ways to start a song

100 ways to start a song . 35 minutes ago

I remember reading how when they started out Bono would take to even the smallest stage as if it was a stadium. well, here it is full circle - the tiny stadium concert. (the man just can't be contained to a desk)
Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon . 2 hours ago

I love U2, but im sorry Bono is making me cringe these days. His voice has gone and what the heck is going on with his hair, not at all cool....shave it off or cut it man!!
Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo . 3 hours ago

Thank u, guys; u are amazing

westcoastin6 . 5 hours ago

The Edge might be the first person to be allowed to use reverb on Tiny Desk.
Sally Steinwachs

Sally Steinwachs . 6 hours ago

Just good music
Tod Mainzer

Tod Mainzer . 7 hours ago

I'm now aware how well The Edge blends his voice with Bono
His unison and even sounds so much like his partner

Xgaliah . 7 hours ago

Michael Mayers and Edge
Vaughan Branch

Vaughan Branch . 7 hours ago

Epic, perfect performance. For a band that can STILL fill any stadium, this intimate show brought me to tears. Love these guys as rock stars and citizens of the world.

wileysachmo . 7 hours ago

Well done, lads. Cheers!

corduroyg . 8 hours ago

wheres the new voices of freedom ????

corduroyg . 8 hours ago

20 minutes??? this needed to be 3 hrs and 20 minutes.

Jorge3447 . 8 hours ago

what little energy. 😢
Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez . 8 hours ago

Pareceria que U2 esta coqueteando con la separacion,los pasos de bono en los ultimos tiempos son confusos,pareciera que se acabo la magia,desde tocar sin larry hasta este nuevo disco que es raro,ojala me equivoque pero veo a U2 en un momento de confusion
Arun Magar

Arun Magar . 8 hours ago

This song made my mind so much pleasure. Love you guys.
Green Apple

Green Apple . 9 hours ago

I'm happy 😊 And thak you Wonderful music, U2. I 'm glad 😊 ✨💕
Martim de Souza Junior

Martim de Souza Junior . 10 hours ago

U2 never cease to amaze me!

Nathan . 10 hours ago

Gives me chills, Bono can actually sing, and as for Edge, amazing voice... unreal 🇮🇪
Craiig Horton

Craiig Horton . 11 hours ago

Excellence. Thank you.
Christian Castillo

Christian Castillo . 11 hours ago

He’s starting to sound Lou Reed

pourtaghi . 11 hours ago

Not a huge U2 fan, but Bono is giving some Lou Reed realness. Respect.

Simon . 11 hours ago

Why does this version of Stuck in a Moment sound like Flight of the Conchords doing a U2 parody? I quite like it...
Charles Goff

Charles Goff . 12 hours ago

Do an edge thing gave me chills. Devine talent!
Mark Delaney

Mark Delaney . 12 hours ago

The voices are wonderful

D R . 13 hours ago

No masks ? Bono should be setting an example. The entire NPR staff have shown their affiliation to 'The Science' by wearing masks. This is sad and terrifying. 😢😷

M . 13 hours ago

If you’re Irish be proud of what they accomplished! For years van Morrisson was THE Irish best , but those two took over . 4 decades for me now !
Paul Callens

Paul Callens . 14 hours ago

Truly a great concert. Tiny yet complete and wow, a deep engagement with spirit that touches mine. Thank you all ❤
Sergio López

Sergio López . 14 hours ago

Today is monday and its a beautifull day❤❤❤❤❤
Sergio López

Sergio López . 14 hours ago

Its a beautifull day......❤❤❤❤❤
Juliana Inaba

Juliana Inaba . 14 hours ago

You guys are amazing!!!!!
Ahm4d Hasan

Ahm4d Hasan . 14 hours ago

Gotta love these guys, I remember watching beautiful day when i was 12 years old i´m 31 now and they still rock
nino espadas

nino espadas . 15 hours ago

que chulo. ❤
Chris Chamberlain

Chris Chamberlain . 15 hours ago

Why is everyone wearing a mask besides the choir?
Néstor Monterrubio

Néstor Monterrubio . 16 hours ago

Four U2 songs in their purest form. Thank you NPR for this, cheers from Mexico.
Leon 7905

Leon 7905 . 16 hours ago

these guys have a future !!!

generalcustard1 . 16 hours ago

All That You Can't Leave Behind gets bashed sometimes for being a backwards step after their musical wonderings in the 90s but what beautiful songs it contains! There's a real soulful sound to Stuck In A Moment or In A Little While. Would have loved to hear Kite in this set
Julian RosMc

Julian RosMc . 20 hours ago

Emile Sturt

Emile Sturt . 22 hours ago

Stuck in the moment: Beautiful
Sandro Cavali

Sandro Cavali . 22 hours ago

Out of pure respect I have to say attaboy good job... Let's disregard whether I liked it or not, I respect these guys. The Edge is solid though
Kay Klangmaler

Kay Klangmaler . 24 hours ago

pia lem

pia lem . 1 day ago

Martin Yábar.

Martin Yábar. . 1 day ago

Some people should retired at time and I think this is the Time

radiocassettehead . 1 day ago

i remember when they use to rock...


...false, without Mullen ando Clayton theres no band...
Joel Sierra

Joel Sierra . 1 day ago

I love this, U2 forever
Mr. Kurd

Mr. Kurd . 1 day ago



Lovely masterpieces, please never go away❤

nana . 1 day ago

Queria mt ir num show deles ainda :(
Scott Beauchamp

Scott Beauchamp . 1 day ago

This makes up for the iphone album.
Brian Combs

Brian Combs . 1 day ago

These 2 young lads from Ireland... are simply incredible. It's really nice to hear these songs stripped back from the production... and really hear all of the beautifully complex melodies and passion that places Bono, The Edge and the rest of U2 amongst the greatest musicians of all time! Well done....

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