Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

It is really hard to overstate the kindness and great-natured humor Bono and The Edge introduced to the Very small Desk. When they 1st arrived at the NPR Audio offices, Bono spoke on an imaginary cellphone, “The talent’s in this article! The talent’s coming by means of,” poking exciting at their individual fame, whilst carrying The Edge’s guitar. (The Edge identified as Bono the ideal roadie he’s at any time experienced.) The two under no circumstances stopped beaming, like two overjoyed newcomers thrilled at the chance to participate in for someone.

The effectiveness was a preview of U2’s new album, Tracks Of Surrender, that includes stripped-down versions of tunes from throughout the band’s catalog. To aid pull off numerous reimagined songs from the 2000 album All That You Can’t Depart Driving, Bono and The Edge invited a teenager choir from the Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts in Washington, D.C., to be part of them. In the course of rehearsals, Bono instructed the college students to imagine of “Attractive Working day” as the sort of “submit-ingesting” singalong you’d bellow with pals right after leaving a bar. He then rapidly recognized none of them are previous ample to consume, in advance of feigning a coronary heart attack.

Touring with out bassist Adam Clayton or drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and The Edge produced the excursion from Ireland to the States especially for the Very small Desk, arriving in D.C. soon after five times of rehearsals at Bono’s New York condominium. When they settled in for the general performance, they handled the workplace to 4 tracks, like a deeply psychological version of “Caught in a Moment You Are unable to Get Out Of,” composed for the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, and a reworked version of “Walk On,” which Bono said was impressed by and devoted to the persons of Ukraine.

Set Listing

  • “Wonderful Working day”
  • “In a Small When”
  • “Caught in a Moment You Won’t be able to Get Out Of”
  • “Wander On”


  • Bono: vocals
  • The Edge: guitar, vocals
  • Duke Ellington University of the Arts Choir: Petra Munter, Ayan Yacob, Kirsten Holmes, Jayla Norwood, Dyor Taylor, Jaylyn Pickney, Jevon Skipper, Joshua Jennings, Jordan Freeman
  • Patrick Lundy: choir director
  • Particular many thanks to: Sandi Logan (principal/HOS), Isaac Daniel (assistant principal)

Small DESK Staff

  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Director: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Editor: Maia Stern
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Sofia Seidel, Michael Zamora 
  • Audio Assistant: Alex Drewenskus
  • Creation Assistant: Jill Britton
  • Little Desk Workforce: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Pilar Galván
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann