Carrie Underwood will perform during U2’s surprise World AIDS Day (RED) event in Times Square in New York City on Monday night (Dec. 1) by personal invitation from Bono. The World AIDS Day event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Kanye West will also perform at the event which is billed as A (RED) Thank You.
U2’s Adam Clayton, the Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who are also donating their time and stepping in for Bono as he recovers in Dublin from injuries sustained in a November bike accident.
“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” Bono said in a press release. “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. A lot of 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.”
He continued, “Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over 10 years ago. Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Tonight’s event is to inform them and thank them.”
The event will be broadcast live on YouTube at www.red.org/YouTube, radio across the U.S. including iHeart Radio — which is becoming iHeart (RED) for World AIDS Day — and as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.
The World AIDS Day event takes place at Duffy Square in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets.