U2 took the stage for the second of six sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena Monday night, and the band had a surprise at the ready as Noel Gallagher joined them on the encore to assist on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” “We’d like to bring out one of my heroes, one of the band’s heroes, to help us with this next tune,” Bono said in introducing Gallagher.
Gallagher and Bono split verses on The Joshua Tree hit, with the High Flying Birds rocker proving his vocal prowess is more than capable of keeping up with the U2 singer. As “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” wound down, the band then segued into the evening’s final number, a stripped-down rendition of the Beatles‘ “All You Need Is Love.”
The often-critical Gallagher had nothing but positive things to say about U2’s Innocence + Experience tour earlier this year. “God bless that band because they do take that side of it very seriously,” Gallagher told Rolling Stone. “Part of me thinks, ‘Oh, thank God I don’t have to worry about that ’cause I really don’t give a fuck about that side of it.’ Get me up there, plug me in. That’s my shit. But because they are the biggest band in the world and they care about their shows and all that kind of thing, they have to keep outdoing themselves, and it’s great for us as fans because you’re getting to see something different every night.”
After catching the band’s San Jose, California gig in May, Gallagher told U2.com that it was a “great a leap forward as it was when I saw ZOOTV the first time, which itself was a great leap forward from Rattle and Hum. It starts off as a punk rock gig, but then it gets intimate. There’s a lot of truth in it about where they come from and the people that they are.”
Gallagher continued his praise of U2 and their then-newly launched tour. “I’ve been a fan since hearing ‘New Year’s Day’ in 1983 and I’ve seen them loads of time,” Gallagher said. “With the greatest respect in the world when I saw the 360° Tour I thought that was the end of something, and not in a bad way. I thought, this is so staggering and huge and tall, so amazing, I thought this was the end of something and I wondered what the beginning of the next thing will be – and here it is. It was staggering – and only the fourth show.”