Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin to stand in for Bono at World AIDS Day
Bono isn’t performing at Monday’s World AIDS Day show with the rest of the U2, but his substitutes aren’t too bad: Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are set to temporarily replace Bono.
Bono is recovering from a Nov. 16 cycling accident and is on doctor’s orders not to perform until he’s fully healed, so the show was close to being canceled until Springsteen and Martin stepped in.
In 2006, Bono and Bobby Shriver founded Product Red to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. They’ve since partnered with globally recognized brands like Apple and Nike to sell Product Red products with some proceeds going toward the Global Fund.
Worlds AIDS Day has been around since Dec. 1, 1987, but Product Red—and Bono’s involvement—has been instrumental in promoting awareness of the cause.
“Today, 13 million have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago,” Bono said in a statement. “Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Tonight’s event is to inform them and thank them.”
Carrie Underwood and Kanye West will also perform at the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Times Square. The performances will also be broadcast live on YouTube.