NEW YORK U2 singer Bono and Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean
performed their song "New Day" while standing on tables in a Manhattan
nightclub Wednesday night.
They were then joined by Parliament-Funkadelic bandleader George Clinton
and singer/songwriter Joan Osborne for a version of Parliament's "Give
Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)," to the delight of about 400
revelers at a benefit for the Wyclef Jean Foundation, according to several
people who were there.
"It was really cool it was kind of like they were jamming among
themselves, and we just happened to be there," said Vanessa Levy, whose
company, Carovan Music Marketing, helped promote the event at the
Jean and Bono wrote and recorded "New Day" (RealAudio
excerpt) for NetAid, an international anti-poverty effort that
will stage three concerts around the world Oct. 9. Bono and Jean are
scheduled to perform that day on a star-studded bill at Giants Stadium
in East Rutherford, N.J., that also includes Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes,
Mary J. Blige and Sting. Concerts will also be held in London and Geneva.
The new recording was debuted earlier Wednesday at a NetAid press
conference in New York, at which the Haitian-born Wyclef said he and
Bono had become good friends. "[Bono's] not really from Dublin, he just
tells people that," Wyclef joked. "He's really from Haiti."
Attendees said the loose jam session at the Copacabana began in the
middle of a set by Jean and his band. While the band played a reggae-tinged
hip-hop groove, Jean left the stage and climbed on a table. Bono emerged
from the back of the room and joined him on an adjacent table.
Bono (born Paul Hewson) wore his trademark tinted glasses, while Wyclef,
still playing guitar, was in a white sportcoat. They stayed close to the
recorded version of the song, attendees said, with Bono crooning
passionately on the song's uplifting chorus: "Keep your head up, because
a new day will come."
Afterward, Clinton and Osborne, who's best known for her 1995 hit "One
of Us" (RealAudio
excerpt), emerged from the audience as well and stood beside
Bono and Jean. The four artists traded lines for a ten-minute version
"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)."
Jean then returned to the club's stage alone, and continued an
improvisation-heavy solo set, which included his hit "Guantanamera"
excerpt) and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry."
Toward the end of the night, Wyclef and his band were joined onstage by
former Prince percussionist Sheila E. for a salsa-tinged jam on "Hot,
"It wasn't a reserved, tight evening they made it into a fun
performance," said Caron Veazey, who also works with Carovan.
The crowd was also shown the video for "New Day," in which Bono and Wyclef
perform on a deliberately simplistic stage set.