Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin Cover for Bono on World AIDS Day

Bruce Springteen and ColdPlay

U2 was supposed to headline the World AIDS Day (RED) concert but as many know, Bono took a pretty serious spill off his bicycle. A spill that put him in a hospital to undergo a five hour surgery. Needless to say he couldn’t perform, but luckily two major musicians stepped up in his place: Bruce Springteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Chris Martin opened with U2’s “Beautiful Day” and played a few more U2 songs before Kanye West and Carrie Underwood took the stage. Springsteen came out at the end with U2 to finish the concert off.

The other good news is the speech President Barack Obama gave in a video. “This year for the first time ever, more people were put on life-saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS.” He goes on to say that the fight isn’t over and causes like this concert still need to take place.

You can watch the whole concert below.

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Neil is the former Online Editor for Making Music Magazine and tested his skill with tickling the ivories once, but since having been part of the team at Making Music, he might give it a second try.

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