The schedule called for U2 to perform at World AIDS Day (RED) performance Monday night in Times Square. However, Bono has been recovering from his earlier “High Impact Cycle” accident that has taken him out of the mix for right now. U2 announced that the show will still go on with some help from some friends, Bruce and Chris stepped in to help the boys out. U2 posted on their Facebook page "Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, each of whom will take a turn as frontman on the U2 songs. Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin has graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation." The show has been dubbed “U2 Minus 1”
"This year is a World AIDS Day like no other," Bono said in a statement. "The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS - more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. Many people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS.
"We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right," added the singer. "Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago. Americans do not know the role they have played in this fight. This event is to inform and thank Americans for their support.