The dude with a handmade sign in U2’s GA pit at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night turned out to be none other than Jimmy Fallon. The late night star had an ultimate fan moment when Bono called him onstage to help rock the 1988 cut “Desire," followed by Tonight Show crew the Roots jamming on a horn-tastic “Angel Of Harlem." (Also from '88's Rattle and Hum.)
Before the interlude was over, Fallon snagged a pair of sunglasses and leaned out into an A+ impersonation of the U2 frontman. (Check it out at 4:16 in the clip up top.) “It’s not easy to be Bono," he said, grinning.
The whole moment was broadcast to U2 fans everywhere via Meerkat on Bono’s phone.
Fallon’s Bono-double guest spot came in the midst of U2’s two-plus hour show, part of a nearly two-week long run of gigs headlining Madison Square Garden as part of their Innocence + Experience Tour. Before the night was over, Bono name-checked a list of other luminaries in the crowd, including Alicia Keys and Mario Batali, before specifically mentioning Paul McCartney was also in the house. Which was reason enough to launch into a cover of another Paul (who wasn't there): Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion.”
And if you’re keeping track, there was an inside reference tucked in there: Bono’s real name is Paul, too.