For their fourth night appearing on Letterman, U2 had a few tricks up their sleeves. Not only did they kill time this week by being the on-hold music for Letterman’s office, they mixed things up by not playing a song off their new album No Line on the Horizon. But, more on that in a minute. The band sat down for an interview with Letterman for the first time this week for a funny, relaxed chat about the Beatles, the early days of the band and an accidental venture to the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. It was a nice segue before the guys took the stage to play…‘Beautiful Day’! I’m not sure why I felt so surprised to hear them play something older, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise. It was a brilliant song choice, a high-energy U2 song that even U2 haters (you know who you are) can’t help but like. It picked up the slack from Wednesday night’s performance with the goosebump-inducing spirit that defines U2 with a nod to Joey Ramone? A beautiful A.
What did you think, PopWatchers? Was this your favorite performance of the week or does Monday night’s “Breathe” still take the cake? Were you ridiculously jealous of everyone in the front row, too? Are you sad tonight’s the last night?
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