U2 ground London to a halt – well, a bit of it – on Friday night (February 27) after surprising fans with an unexpected rooftop gig.

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The political rock titans attracted over 5,000 people during rush hour as they capped off a frantic day of promotion for their 12th studio album ‘No Line On The Horizon‘, which is out today (March 2).

It’s not the first time the band have played an impromptu, high-altitude gig. In 1987 they performed on the rooftop of the Republic Liquor Store in LA in 1987 before they were shut down by officials – an event captured in the ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ video.

Luckily enough for fans this time, the police allowed them to perform their full-intended set.


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played:

Get On Your Boots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn3Gno7wWtk

Magnificent

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj-GkY7fUDE

Vertigo/Substitute/She Loves You

Much to the audience’s delight, this one saw Bono segue into The Who‘s ‘Substitute‘ and The Beatles‘ ‘She Loves You‘. He then joked: “I’m afraid of heights by the way. So why would you write a song called ‘Vertigo‘?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zejz_sot9o

Beautiful Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQb_cHOeFek