U2 invited a pair of young fans from Mexico onstage to perform “Angel of Harlem” during the Irish group’s second and final night’s performance in Belfast, Ireland, last Thursday, and you can watch the video below.
Frontman Bono spotted the two youngsters in the audience holding signs to request some time onstage. One sign appears to read, in part, “U2 Invite Me. Guitar Player.”
“It does indeed pay to advertise,” Bono said as he chose the two from the audience and brought them onstage.
A pair of guitars were brought out for the boys, one of whom was barely larger than the acoustic strapped around his shoulders.
“Now don’t mess us around here,” Bono joked, “because we don’t want to get all Mexican on your ass.”
When it was all done, the boys even got a pair of guitars as keepsakes.
“Angel of Harlem” is a hit from U2’s 1988 album, Rattle and Hum. The song was written during the tour for their previous album, The Joshua Tree, as an homage to jazz singer Billie Holiday.
The episode in Belfast recalls a Berlin concert on U2’s 360˚ tour, when three young fans from Prague held up signs asking to play “Angel of Harlem” and were allow to perform with the band onstage. The song, consisting of just C, F and G chords, is easy to play, making it an ideal choice for impromptu guest appearances.