U2 have posted a clip of them performing an acoustic version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” joining bands contributing protest songs to the One Campaign’s agit8 anti-poverty initiative.
In snippets of an interview interspersed with performance footage, Bono describes listening to John Lennon, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan singing songs of dissent, and realizing that the world is malleable, and that conditions can be changed. “Things did not have to be as things were,” he said.
U2 recorded the “Sunday Bloody Sunday” clip on a rooftop in New York earlier this month while the band was in town finishing up a new record. The One Campaign, which was co-founded by Bono and seeks to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases around the globe, also released a new acoustic performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Promised Land,” along with clips of Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons singing Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and Tom Morello performing his Nightwatchman song “Flesh Shapes the Day.