Chris Martin and Bono duet at auction

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 November 2013
Bono from U2

Bono from U2

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Bono from U2 performed together on piano before it was auctioned off for charity

Chris Martin and Bono performed on piano together to help raise money for charity.

The Coldplay singer and U2 frontman performed 'Perfect

Day' and 'Beautiful Day' before the Parlor grand piano sold at auction for $1.9 million at a fundraiser for The Global Fund to Fight Aids in Africa.

The pair sang together at Sotheby's in New York in front of a star-studded audience at The (Red) Auction celebrating design and innovation.

It was curated by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson in collaboration with Bono.

The 'Walk On' hitmaker and activist said: "Jony and Marc are the Beatles and Stones of the design world.

"The money raised is a lifeline, literally, for so many people, but nights like this also serve as a reminder of the historical opportunity we have to end AIDS."

The 53-year-old famously labelled Chris a "w*****" live on Jo Whiley's Radio One show back in 2009.

He insulted the singer after the presenter asked what he thought of the star, to which he replied: "I think he's that good a melodist, but he's a w*****."

The musicians have now ended their feud and are rumoured to be collaborating together on new material.

Their performance inspired more than a dozen bidders to

compete for the piano, which was finally won by philanthropist Stewart Rahr for $1.9 million.

A Zero Generation Bono 'signature' guitar was also sold for $250,000 and the event was attended by Nile Rodgers, Chic and Courtney Love, among others.

They helped to raise $26 million overall for the charity, which also helps battle Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.


The anthemic indie quartet continue to steamroller all before them.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

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