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U2 Surprise Appearance at Island Records Party

Note: Early reports indicated One Love was played separately. Video footage indicates it was a snippet at the end of One and this article has been updated accordingly.

Island Records, U2's record label for most of their career, is currently staging a week-long series of concerts at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London to celebrate the label's 50th anniversary. Tonight, 28 May, U2 made a surprise guest appearance with Senegalese artist Baaba Maal. Bono's becoming no stranger to this sort of thing at Shepherds Bush; earlier this year he made a surprise appearance with Coldplay and The Killers at a War Child concert on 19 February.

After Maal had performed his set, he returned to the stage to introduce U2's One, and as he began the song, all four members of U2 joined him on stage to play the song acoustically. The end of One led into a snippet of Bob Marley's One Love - a song Bono has performed before, back in 1994 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Rita and Ziggy Marley and Whoopi Goldberg. Maal then left the stage, leaving U2 to round out the set by themselves with a semi-acoustic performance of Vertigo, in which Bono thanked Island (who are no longer U2's record label). Vertigo included a snippet of the Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) song Peace Train; Yusuf Islam was sharing the bill with Maal and Bono later re-appeared on stage to introduce his set.

In proper setlist form, the set was:

  1. One / One Love (snippet)
  2. Vertigo / Peace Train (snippet)

All details for this show including reviews and photos can be found here.

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Update: Video of Vertigo is now on YouTube. Watch below:

Update II: The performances of One with Baaba Maal is now also on YouTube. Watch below:

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