Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin to fill in for injured Bono at U2’s World Aids Day gig

U2 Minus 1 will appear in New York's Times Square tonight (December 1) with support from Kanye West

Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin are both set to fill in for Bono at U2‘s surprise World Aids Day gig tonight (December 1) in New York.

Bono is still recovering from a cycling accident sustained in New York’s Central Park last month, so the two frontman have been drafted in to sing with U2 at the high-profile event. Kanye West and singer Carrie Underwood will also appear at the concert.

“Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, each of whom will take a turn as frontman on the U2 songs,” reads a press release. “Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin have graciously donated their time and talents to save the World Aids Day event from cancellation.”

The band have called themselves U2 Minus 1. Bono has released a statement about the show, saying: “This year is a World Aids Day like no other. The world reached a tipping point in the fight against Aids – more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. A lot of people are calling it the beginning of the end of Aids. We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right. Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over 10 years ago. Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Tonight’s event is to inform them and thank them.”

Last month Bono had to undergo five hours of surgery after his “cycling spill”. Bono suffered several serious injuries from the incident, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye”.

Bono’s bike accident follows an incident last month when the rear door of his private jet fell off midway though a flight. The U2 frontman was on board his £50 million Learjet 60 D-CGEO with four friends heading to the Bambi International Music awards when the incident took place on November 12.