U2’s Bono dropped in for a surprise visit at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel in New York on Sunday night. Bono joined singer Jim Caruso and pianist Billy Stritch onstage to sing a handful of standards.
According to NBC News, Stritch and Caruso were performing songs from the Great American Songbook, which happened to be a set of classic songs that the U2 frontman knows well.
Before Bono left the bar, he headed right for the stage and joined in on the harmonies to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” a song that he recorded with Frank Sinatra back in 1993.
Caruso recalled his Bono experience saying:
“Bono walked in. It was impossible not to recognize the guy – the glasses alone gave him away! They were seated in the corner, where they rocked, bopped, swayed and snapped. He kept giving me the thumbs-up when he’d like a tune and singing along quietly.”
After singing a little bit, Bono finally made his departure. Caruso remarked on what happened after Bono got done singing by saying:
“The room was stopped cold. Just another miraculous Bemelmans moment! After the last note was crooned, Bono flew out the door, waving to everyone. Billy looked at me and said dryly, ‘Well … that happened!'”
According to RollingStone, Bono will present Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s highest honor next month in Dublin. Suu Kyi, who is heading out on her first international tour in 24 years, will visit Ireland on June 18, a day after collecting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
Suu Kyi was previously awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009, but she was not able to accept either in person because she was under house arrest for 15 years.