A giant screen behind the band scrolls through all the victims' names during their half-time performance...

U2 paid tribute to the victims of September 11 terrorist attacks during their half-time show at the SUPER BOWL in NEW ORLEANS last night (February 3).

The Irish supergroup opened with ‘Beautiful Day’ before a giant screen behind them scrolled through the names of all the victims during second track ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’. The names were also reflected in overlapping patterns across darkened stands around the ground.

Pre-match performances for Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome also came from acts including Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey and Mariah Carey.

As Paul McCartney sang the US national anthem the stadium lights were lowered and fans in the Superdome’s three levels held red, white and blue glow sticks, respectively, from top to bottom, Associated Press reports. A giant American flag in the shape of the United States was unfurled on the field.

[a][/a] played an acoustic version of ‘Freedom’, the song he wrote in the wake of the Twin Towers atrocity.

The match saw the New England Patriots beat the St Louis Rams 20-17.