U2's The Edge Is The First Rock Musician To Ever Play At The Vatican's Sistine Chapel
Mon, 02 May 2016 10:27:21
It's official, U2's The Edge is the first rock musician to ever play at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Reuters reported, "The performer, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night for about 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended a conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine called Cellular Horizons.
Backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, and wearing his trademark black beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's "If it be your will", and versions of U2 songs "Yahweh", "Ordinary love" and "Walk on"."
The Edge went on to joke with the audience, the outlet reports, saying, "When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistine Chapel, I didn't know what to say because usually there's this other guy who sings," clearly in reference to U2 lead singer Bono.
The Edge also said, "Being Irish you learn very early that if you want to be asked to come back it's very important to thank the local parish priest for the loan of the hall." Reuters reports, "He then thanked Pope Francis and other Vatican officials "for allowing us to use the most beautiful parish hall in the world"." And then, "The Edge dedicated his performance of "Walk on", written in 2000 for Myanmar democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest, to Pope Francis, who he described as "the people's pope"."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff