At the end of U2’s performance of “Beautiful Day” at their show tonight (Oct. 17) in Philadelphia, Bono included a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Promised Land,” indicating a special surprise to come. Following an acoustic version of “Walk On” with just Bono and Edge on the main stage and a full-band performance of “Fast Cars,” Bruce Springsteen joined the band to perform “People Get Ready.” Springsteen, brandishing Bono’s Irish Falcon guitar, traded verses with Bono and guitar solos with the Edge. In the middle of the song, Bono coaxed Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa up on stage to take a verse of her own. At the conclusion of the song, Springsteen left the stage with Bono’s guitar in hand to an audience’s chorus of “Brrruuucccee!!”

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In the Name of Food

Toss out your paper lunch sacks and prepare to pack your lunch with style. Bono, Edge, and Anton Corbijn have designed lunchboxes for an online auction to benefit two hunger relief organizations, the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund. Currently, only Corbijn’s and Edge’s lunchboxes are available to bid at the eBay-hosted auction. Bono’s lunchbox will be available to bid in a future auction (10 lunchboxes become available every 10 days). Each lunchbox is signed and numbered by the artist who designed it.

R.E.M. fansite reports that Bono and Coldplay’s Chris Martin engaged in a furious bidding war for R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe’s lunchbox, with Martin emerging victorious with a $20,000 bid; and that The Edge purchased former President Bill Clinton’s box for $11K. How terribly impetuous!