U2’s The Edge becomes first rock star to play the Sistine Chapel

U2’s The Edge becomes first rock star to play the Sistine Chapel

The Edge, U2’s lead guitarist, made history last weekend when he played in the Sistine Chapel for a cancer charity event.

He played in front of about 200 doctors at a conference at the Vatican on cancer prevention.

He was accompanied by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, while playing classic U2 hits and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s If it be your will.

Afterwards the guitarist, whose real name is David Evans, whose father died last month from cancer said it was ‘the most beautiful parish hall in the world’.

“When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistine Chapel, I didn’t know what to say because usually there’s this other guy who sings,” the musician joked while on stage.

“Being Irish you learn very early that if you want to be asked to come back it’s very important to thank the local parish priest for the loan of the hall.”

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