Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR


It is exhausting to overstate the kindness and good-natured humor Bono and The Edge delivered to the Tiny Desk. After they first arrived on the NPR Music workplaces, Bono spoke on an imaginary telephone, “The expertise’s right here! The expertise’s coming by,” poking enjoyable at their very own fame, whereas carrying The Edge’s guitar. (The Edge known as Bono the most effective roadie he is ever had.) The 2 by no means stopped beaming, like two overjoyed newcomers thrilled on the probability to play for somebody.

The efficiency was a preview of U2‘s new album, Songs Of Give up, that includes stripped-down variations of songs from throughout the band’s catalog. To assist pull off a number of reimagined songs from the 2000 album All That You Cannot Depart Behind, Bono and The Edge invited a teen choir from the Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts in Washington, D.C., to hitch them. Throughout rehearsals, Bono informed the scholars to consider “Lovely Day” because the type of “post-drinking” singalong you’d bellow with pals after leaving a bar. He then shortly realized none of them are sufficiently old to drink, earlier than feigning a coronary heart assault.

Touring with out bassist Adam Clayton or drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and The Edge made the journey from Eire to the States particularly for the Tiny Desk, arriving in D.C. after 5 days of rehearsals at Bono’s New York house. After they settled in for the efficiency, they handled the workplace to 4 songs, together with a deeply emotional model of “Caught in a Second You Cannot Get Out Of,” written for the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, and a reworked model of “Stroll On,” which Bono stated was impressed by and devoted to the folks of Ukraine.


  • “Lovely Day”
  • “In a Little Whereas”
  • “Caught in a Second You Cannot Get Out Of”
  • “Stroll On”


  • Bono: vocals
  • The Edge: guitar, vocals
  • Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts Choir: Petra Munter, Ayan Yacob, Kirsten Holmes, Jayla Norwood, Dyor Taylor, Jaylyn Pickney, Jevon Skipper, Joshua Jennings, Jordan Freeman
  • Patrick Lundy: choir director
  • Particular because of: Sandi Logan (principal/HOS), Isaac Daniel (assistant principal)


  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Director: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Editor: Maia Stern
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Body, Sofia Seidel, Michael Zamora 
  • Audio Assistant: Alex Drewenskus
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Jill Britton
  • Tiny Desk Staff: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Pilar Galván
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann



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