Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen was part of the audience for U2’s final performance at Madison Square Garden this week until U2’s Bono invited him onstage to join in on a couple of songs.
Springsteen and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were in the audience for the last of a series of eight U2 concerts at the Garden. Springsteen wasn’t the only one lucky enough to crash the stage with U2 on its tour as just last week, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots joined Bono onstage for a special rendition of “Desire.” Previous onstage guests throughout the U2 tour had also included Lady Gaga and Paul Simon.
U2’s Bono apparently tried to give the audience a clue of the impending surprise appearance by belting out a few lines of Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart.”
Springsteen performed a mashup of two songs with the band including U2’s 80’s anthem “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” that evolved into Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” “Stand By Me” was a throw back to a previous onstage collaboration between Springsteen and U2 when he joined the band onstage in Philadelphia back in 1987.
As Bruce strummed away at the guitar, U2’s Bono called out to the audience for support of Springsteen’s cameo, “Give it up to our boss!”
U2’s U.S. tour has been like a parade of stars with guests ranging from Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and George and Amal Clooney among others catching a show.
Springsteen and U2 have a longstanding mutual admiration for each other. In 2010, Springsteen gave a passionate speech regarding the band as U2 was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and just last December, Bruce filled in on vocals for U2 at the the World Aids Day (Red) benefit after Bono suffered a devastating injury in a Central Park bike accident.
U2’s frontman Bono acknowledged Springsteen’s support in front of the crowd of concertgoers at the Garden before bringing the boss onstage, “Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered. The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen.”
The crowd broke into a frenzy as the two 80s icons jumped into their short set together.
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U2 will now begin its international phase of their world tour. As for Bruce “the boss” Springsteen, he recently released a live album from his 1988 LA Sports Arena concert. No upcoming tour has been announced, but given his appearance with U2 on Friday and an onstage appearance a few weeks ago with Brian Wilson, fans hope that there is something on the horizon.
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