The Sunday Mirror reports that Bono and The Edge agreed to perform as part of the Make A Wish Foundation auction in Dublin at the last minute. Unprepared to perform, The Edge sent someone to ask the jazz band that were performing during the dinner if he could borrow a guitar. Surprisingly, the guitarist with the jazz band declined to hand over his instrument.
“The guy said he had just put a new bridge into his instrument and didn’t want anyone else playing it — even if it was The Edge,” an insider told the Mirror.
Fortunately, the cabaret band The Camembert Quartet, which also performed that night, agreed to loan an instrument to the U2 guitarist.
The quartet were actually responsible for getting Bono and The Edge to perform “The Hands That Built America” that night. The quartet spent an hour before the dinner learning the song with the hope that they could convince Bono and The Edge to perform it with them.
“Word got round to Bono that the band were ready and willing, and the U2 guys were only too happy to oblige,” said the insider. “It was a special moment for the audience because it was U2 up close and personal — like a really intimate gig.”