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"I'm not on this trip as a tourist, and if I thought that this was just show business from the White House, then I'd be out of that plane." — Bono, on his 2002 trip to Africa with U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill

U2 Rock New York

- December 06, 2000

by dotmusic staff

U2 played a show to just 1,000 fans in New York last night, and the band paid tribute to deceased INXS rocker Michael Hutchence, dotmusic can exclusively reveal.

Our roving reporter was at the event at Irving Plaza and rubbed shoulders with a superhuman guest list, including Tom Cruise, Billy Corgan, The Corrs, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Zack De La Rocha.

The band played a seventy minute set, totalling 13-songs, and featuring tracks from throughout their career and a number of covers, including The Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again', which they finished with.

Tracks played from the band's latest record 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' included 'Beautiful Day', 'Elevation' and 'Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of', which was dedicated by Bono to Hutchence, a close friend of the U2 singer before his death in November 1997.

U2's trick for segueing into covers from their own tracks was also in evidence, as they incorporated versions of the likes of 'Sexual Healing' and 'Ruby Tuesday' into the set, alongside ancient U2 tracks such as 'I Will Follow' and '11 O'Clock Tick Tock'.

During the show, Bono, as usual, covered himself in glory with a number of speeches from the stage, announcing that the band's show was "like landing a 747 on a front lawn"

Tickets to the gig were only available to competition winners, although the show was broadcast across America on radio.

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