Edge and Adam Clayton gatecrash U2 fansite’s 20th anniversary party – watch

Guitarist and bassist play two songs with U2 tribute band in New York

U2 guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton gatecrashed a U2 fansite’s 20th anniversary celebrations in New York, surprising organisers by performing two songs with a U2 tribute band to 450 fans. Footage of the band’s two songs can be seen below.

U2 had been invited by fan site @U2 to join their anniversary celebrations at New York club The Cutting Room, to raise money for well-building charity The African Well. U2’s management replied to say that the band were busy, but that their management and publicists might visit.

The celebrations took place on Wednesday (July 29), during a night off from U2’s eight-show residency at Madison Square Garden.

@U2 founder Matt McGee told Rolling Stone that the band’s management and publicists arrived shortly before The Edge and Clayton, with fans distracted after The Edge’s guitar tech Dallas Schoo – a well-known figure among U2 fans – said that he would be happy to play a song with The Unforgettable Fire, the U2 tribute band hired by the fansite for the event.

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The Edge, on a big screen

As fans were distracted by Schoo’s appearance, McGee said that The Edge and Clayton were able to enter un-noticed via a side door and make their way to the stage. McGee said: “I literally didn’t see them until they were at the side of the stage. I thought to myself ‘Is this happening? Is this real?’”

Clayton and The Edge took the place of their doppelgangers in The Unforgettable Fire to play ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’. They then posed for photos with the tribute band, before responding to the crowd’s chants of “one more song” by playing ‘Out Of Control’ before being led out by security through a side door. McGee said: “They didn’t have to do that. It’s such an honour for the community of online fans.”

U2 finish their North American tour tonight (July 31), before playing shows in London and Glasgow in October and November.