Bono and Glen at the Living Room
You never know who's gonna pop up at The Living Room. Two months ago Norah Jones was the de facto opening act for my monthly On Your Radar showcase at the Living Room. She did an unannounced set with her new band as a tune up for South by Southwest.
Last night, right before On Your Radar it was Glen Hansard playing acoustic songs from his forthcoming solo debut, Rhythm and Repose in a private fan club show which was recorded for the Living Room's series on The Loft satellite channel. Near the end he talked about living in New York and befriending musicians from Vermont, then introduced Sam Amidon, who performed a song. After doing an intense cover of "Astral Weeks," Glen brought up a fellow Irishman to join him in a duet. The Irishman turned out to be Bono, and the song was Dominic Behan's "The Auld Triangle" (a.k.a "The Banks fo the Royal Canal"), which has been recorded by Bob Dylan and the Band (on The Basement Tapes), Ian & Sylvia, and the Pogues. Needless to say, the place went bananas. When they finished, Bono calmly strode out of the club and onto Ludlow St. (The picture shows the two mates busking in Dublin last Christmas.)
If Bruce is curious, the next On Your Radar is June 12, and we'd be happy to consider him as an opening act...