To introduce their album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Irish rockers U2 hit New York City Nov. 22 in a whirlwind. After spending the morning in city traffic on a flatbed truck for a video shoot, they performed a free concert (taped for MTV) for thousands of fans in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. “I heard the mayhem and rushed out,” said former Saturday Night Live actress Ana Gasteyer, who lives in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. “I left my baby upstairs with a babysitter, I was so excited.” Bono ended by thanking fans and the NYPD. “It’s good to be back.” Nice to have you.
“Brooklyn, here we come,” Bono yelled before starting U2’s show, which had been announced on the band’s web site. Singing their first single “Out of Control,” he draped the back of his coat with an Irish flag offered by a fan.