U2 guitarist turns the Sistine Chapel into a rock music venue for cancer research

Pope Francis and Joe Biden at the Vatican
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – APRIL 29: U2 rock band’s guitarist The Edge pose for a photo with some bishops. (Photo by Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U2 guitarist, The Edge (David Howell Evans), played the first ever rock concert at the Sistine Chapel on Saturday, April 28th in Vatican City, Reuters reported.

A three-minute clip was posted to YouTube showing the 54-year-old musician playing an acoustic set for a collection of philanthropists, doctors, and researchers who attended a conference on regenerative medicine at the Vatican. U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden also attended.

The Irish guitarist played unplugged versions of the band’s songs, « Yahweh », « Ordinary World » and « Walk On », as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen’s « If It Be Your Will », according to NBC News.

U2 has a reputation for giving back, contributing to Amnesty International, AIDS research and Greenpeace. The Edge sits on the board of the Angiogenesis Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer prevention. According to NBC News, the musician lost his father to cancer last month, and his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.

Vice-President Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer last year, and spoke at the conference Friday.

Source: The Huffington Post Canada

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