Dublin, Ireland’s famous Grafton Street became the impromptu venue of a superstar jam session the other night among three of the country’s biggest music stars. U2’s Bono, Damien Rice, and the Swell Season’s Glen Hansard busked for passersby turned stunned onlookers this Christmas Eve to raise money for Simon Community, a homelessness prevention charity.
Hot Press reports that the trio, who were also joined by singer/songwriter Mundy, belted out “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” (via RTE), and Mic Christopher’s “Heyday.”
As you might imagine, grainy camera phone footage has already hit the series of YouTubes, which doesn’t provide an account of the music so much, but should give you an idea of the excitement and atmosphere surrounding the event (you may want to skip past all of the Bono screaming). Check out “Stand By Me” here.
**Update: An awesome quality video of the event has been uploaded to YouTube. Watch it below.