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Video: U2 performs at Haiti benefit

After years of massive stadium productions, U2 stripped things back for a short set in front of an estimated 300 people Saturday night (1/11) in Beverly Hills at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Home benefit event, raising money for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

After years of massive stadium productions, U2 stripped things back for a short set in front of an estimated 300 people Saturday night (1/11) in Beverly Hills at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Home benefit event, raising money for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Band members Bono and Edge took the stage early on, accompanying Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre on a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on acoustic guitar and vocals.

The full band later took the stage for a 3-song set, which, based on Instagram snippets, appears to have included "I Will Follow," "Desire" and "Vertigo." A stick-up video of various Instagram videos appears below.

The benefit raised nearly $6 million, according to an AP report, with a guest list that included Coldplay's Chris Martin, Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Kevin Bacon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron.

U2 is preparing to promote their 13th studio album, the long-delayed follow-up to 2009's "No Line On The Horizon." The band changed management in 2013, joining Guy Oseary's Maverick Management roster after working with Paul McGuinness' Principle Management since the group's early days.

The album is expected in the spring of 2014, with a song to be debuted in a Super Bowl commercial.

 

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