U2 appeared on the MTV, VH1 and CMT’s ‘ReAct Now: Music & Relief,’ a multi-artist, multi-genre, multi-platform special as part of an ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief campaign. Other artists perfforming included Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, The Neville Brothers, Trent Reznor, Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, Buckwheat Zydeco and Allen Toussaint.
U2 played Love and Peace or Else from the – empty – arena in Toronto. Instead of his usual ‘Co-exist’ bandana, Bono put on one that simply said ‘Help’ and partly changed the song’s lyrics to: ‘Lay down your guns, all you K-marters, all you Americans.’
Video of the performances can be viewed on and downloaded from the MTV website. The site also offers unaired performances by Beck, Trent Reznor (looking more and more like Jools Holland), the Rolling Stones, and others.