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U2 Play Surprise Show for Haiti Benefit

Band performs three-song set for Sean Penn's charity gala

U2 perform at Qwest Field on June 4th, 2011 in Seattle
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January 12, 2014 6:15 PM ET

U2 performed together live for the first time in years on Saturday night when they appeared together at a benefit for Haiti in Beverly Hills, Billboard reports. The band took the event's 300 guests by surprise with their three-song set at Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit at the Montage Hotel.

"It's been a while since we played a hotel lounge," frontman Bono said to the audience as the band took the stage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I think the last time was a bar mitzvah."

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Starting around 10:30, the band played early hits "I Will Follow" and "Desire" as well as "Vertigo" from their 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Earlier in the evening, Bono and guitarist The Edge also performed with Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.

The charity gala, attended by stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Chris Martin and Michael Douglas, raised $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

U2 spent much of the past year working on a new album, which is rumored for release in April. "I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years," bassist Adam Clayton told an Irish radio station in October. "It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid." The band also recently contributed the new song "Ordinary Love" to the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Watch a montage of U2's performance at the benefit below:

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