The Kansas City-based band Atlantic Express arrived in Omaha, Neb., last Friday expecting a run-of-the-mill wedding performance.
Instead, the band stumbled into a jam session with one of rock ’n’roll’s biggest icons: Bono.
The group, which was performing at the wedding of billionaire Warren Buffett’s granddaughter, had just gotten going when members received word that an audience member — a guy by the name of Bono — was interested in taking the stage with them.
After the initial shock wore off, the band was happy to facilitate such an arrangement for the Irish musician and U2 front man. Sporting a hat and his customary shades, Bono took the stage and, for a few glorious minutes, handled vocals for a performance of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”
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“I’m the bass player, and I start the song and I started to get a little nervous, (because) this is Bono,” said Gavin Mac. “My next thought was, I hope somebody gets a picture or video or something so people believe me.”
“He sang it like Bono would sing it, not like somebody else, and that was very enjoyable,” said Garry Mac, Gavin’s father and Atlantic Express’ founder.
The band wasn’t able to catch up with Bono following the performance.
“Forty-five minutes later, we got off (stage), but he was nowhere to be found,” Gavin Mac said. But after the wedding, a handful of band members went out to celebrate what probably will go down as the most memorable wedding performance in the band’s 21-year history.
In the days since, the band has regaled friends and family with details of the event, and though no high-quality pictures of the performance have yet turned up, a two-minute video of the performance has since made its way onto YouTube. Watch it here:
“That’s probably the best part of something like this happening, is being able to share it with your friends and associates and colleagues,” said Garry Mac. “It was great.”