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For Only the Second Time, U2 Performs a Man Down [VIDEO]

U2 bass player Adam Clayton was distraught. And he was very, very drunk. A long-distance breakup with model Naomi Campbell sent him on an all-night bender and when showtime rolled around in Sydney, Australia, he was still too wasted to perform. A roadie had to fill in for him that night. It was November 26, 1993, and marked the only time U2 performed at less than full strength. Until last night.

Back on November 16, Bono took a bad tumble off a bicycle in Central Park which required five hours of surgery and plenty of metal screws to repair. He’s still on the disabled list, so he was unable to appear with U2 for a World AIDS Day concert in New York last night (December 1). Fortunately, though, U2 was able to draft in some friends to take Bono’s spot.

Bono wasn’t totally sidelined for World AIDs Day. Here he is talking about how AIDS “stole” Freddie Mercury.

Thanks to Larry for video links.  Oh, and Adam? He gave up booze forever following that gig in Sydney.

For a followup on last night’s gig, go here. (Via Michael)

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3 thoughts on “For Only the Second Time, U2 Performs a Man Down [VIDEO]

  • Rumours are tour to be announced on Dec 3rd at 9AM!

  • Rumours are that the tour is starting in Vancouver on May 14, 15 and that they will play
    8 shows in LA, 4 in Montreal, 4 in Boston, 6 in Chicago, 8 in New York.

  • Chris Martin’s “Substitute” shirt is a nice touch.


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