Bono, the lead singer of iconic rock band U2, gave a concert inside a subway station in Kiev, Ukraine, along with his bandmate The Edge to show their solidarity with the war-torn country.
Bono and The Edge, whose full name is David Howell Evans, performed an interpretation of soul singer Ben E. King’s 1961 hit song “Stand By Me” inside Khreshchatyk subway station.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited them to perform in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people, according to Reuters.
Bono praised Zelenskyy during the show, saying he was leading the world in freedom.
“Your president leads the world in the cause of freedom right now,” Bono said. “The Ukrainian people are not only fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom.”
In a clip of the performance, the Irish band can be seen singing “Stand By Ukraine” together with Ukrainian singer Taras Topolya and his accompanying bandmates from the musical group Antytila. According to pitchforkthe Ukrainian gang is serving as soldiers as Russia continues its deadly invasion against the country.
U2 performed some of their classic songs for 40 minutes, including “Desire”, “Bloody Sunday” and “With or Without You”, which received over 61,000 views on Youtube.
“Stand By Me”, by Ben E. King, is considered to be one of the greatest soul records ever recorded. The song was popularized by the late Sam Cooke and derived from the 1961 hit The Soul Stirrers, “Stay close to me father. “