U2’s latest Madison Square Garden residence show was filled with celebrities in the audience including Alicia Keys and Paul McCartney, but nobody expected the celebrities to come onstage too.
Bono invited Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to join the band onstage last night to sing the Irish band’s classic track: “Desire.” Fallon, sporting his still broken finger, made a few comic quips at the band saying he’s “a fan of Irish people who fall down and hurt themselves”– poking fun at both Bono who fell off his bike in Central Park last year, and The Edge who fell off the stage during one of the band’s recent performances.
Right after his performance, Fallon announced he’d brought a few friends to the show, and introduced his Tonight Show in-house band, Philadelphia’s own The Roots! Questlove and co. played U2’s New York-centric “Angel of Harlem”
Fallon and U2 have always had a very good relationship. The band were Fallon’s first musical guest when he moved up from Late Night to the Tonight Show in February 2014. And they were scheduled to play a full week of shows on The Tonight Show last November, but had to cancel due to Bono’s unfortunate accident. In their absence, Fallon, who’d used his Bono impression in his SNL audition, performed his version of Desire “dressed up” as Bono. Last May, a recuperated Bono and the rest of U2 played an incognito set at Grand Central Station on the show.
Watch the whole U2 perform with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots here!
Also check out ITM’s interview with Bono and The Edge here!