U2 and Bono shock NY subway riders with surprise performance

U2 and Bono performed for subway riders in NYC on Monday.
U2 and Bono performed for subway riders in NYC on Monday. Twitter

If those buskers who were playing for subway riders at Grand Central Station on Monday night sounded familiar to riders, here’s why: It was U2 and Bono.

The band treated riders to a surprise performance for a segment that will air Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

According to U2 Radio the band played “Angel of Harlem,” “Beautiful Day” and “Song for Someone.” Though they were dressed as buskers with wigs and hats and other disguises – with an open guitar case nearby for tips – there was no mistaking the sound and fans were quick to spread the word on Twitter.

For some reason, chef Mario Batali was there.

And thanks to this fan, there’s a video of the sing-along the band led of “Angel of Harlem.”


#u2 #jimmyfallon #ny #metrostation #angelofharlem

A video posted by U2 italian fans (@u2italianfans) on

New Yorkers have seen the band all over town the last few days as it tapes segments for Friday’s “Tonight” show, where they will be the only guest.

Fallon and his crew plan to spoof the nasty bicycle crash that Bono had in Central Park in November that forced the band to cancel a scheduled weeklong residency on the late night show.

Bono’s injuries from that crash reportedly still impede his guitar playing today. Some fans weren’t happy to see Fallon making light of the accident.

Should be an interesting show Friday.