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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is seen performing with U2 during a Surprise World AIDS Day (Red) concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs with 'U2 - 1' in a surprise concert by (RED) to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Kanye West is seen performing during a Surprise World AIDS Day (Red) concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Carrie Underwood performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Kanye West is seen performing during a Surprise World AIDS Day (Red) concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: The Edge of U2 and Chris Martin perform on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You, Presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: The Edge of U2 and Chris Martin perform on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You, Presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: The Edge of U2 performs on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You, Presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Adam Clayton of U2 performs on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You, Presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Chris Martin performs on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You, Presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: General view of the atmosphere on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You,' presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for (RED)) (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is seen performing with U2 during a Surprise World AIDS Day (Red) concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs with 'U2 - 1' in a surprise concert by (RED) to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Chris Martin of Coldplay and Adam Clayton perform as 'U2 - 1' in a surprise concert by (RED) to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: The Edge and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform as 'U2 - 1' in a surprise concert by (RED) to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: General view of the atmosphere on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You,' presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Chris Martin performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Musicians Bruce Springsteen and Adam Clayton of U2 perform for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Musicians The Edge of U2, Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Kanye West perform for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Musicians Adam Clayton of U2 and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Musicians The Edge of U2, Bruce Springsteen and Larry Mullen Jr of U2 perform for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Adam Clayton of U2 performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Musicians The Edge of U2, Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Kanye West perform for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Carrie Underwood performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Kanye West performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Carrie Underwood performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Kanye West performs during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Kanye West performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Kanye West performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Kanye West performs for World AIDS Day (RED) Concert at Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Carrie Underwood performs during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Carrie Underwood performs during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Rapper Kanye West performs on World AIDS Day at 'A (RED) Thank You,' presented by (Bank of America)RED on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for (RED))
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Kanye West performs at the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Kanye West take a bow during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, Chris Martin, and Adam Clayton take a bow during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Kanye West performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Carrie Underwood and Kanye West take a bow during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Bruce Springsteen and Carrie Underwood take a bow during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Carrie Underwood performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Coldplays Chris Martin performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Coldplays Chris Martin performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President Bill Clinton addresses the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Edge of U2 (L) hugs Former US President Bill Clinton during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Kayne West, Coldplays Chris Martin and Adam Clayton of U2 greet the audience during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Kayne West performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square in New York on December 1, 2014. RED is an organization that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Bono has some top notch understudies: Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin of Coldplay acted as the U2 frontman, who is recovering from a bike accident, at a concert Monday night honoring World AIDS Day.

Springsteen performed "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" alongside U2's Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. in Times Square in front of few hundred fans, who stood in the rain.

Aside from highlighting the fight against AIDS, the night's other theme was supporting an injured Bono. Springsteen said he hoped the 54-year-old was recovering in Dublin, and Martin told the crowd after performing: "Sending my love to Bono."

A bike accident in Central Park last month left Bono with multiple injuries, including a facial fracture involving his left eye socket, a fractured left shoulder blade and a fractured left elbow. He underwent a five-hour surgery.

Springsteen, Chris Martin Perform With U2

Martin, who wore a T-Shirt that read "Substitu2," sang "Beautiful Day" and "With or Without You."

The concert, billed "U2 Minus 1 - Live in New York Tonight," also featured a pregnant Carrie Underwood and Kanye West, who was energetic when he performed hits including "Jesus Walks," ''Power" and "Stronger."

Bill Clinton opened the concert Monday, which was World AIDS Day, and said Bono requested he do so.

"I got this email from Bono today recuperating in Dublin, and he said I had to come here tonight to do this intro," the former U.S. President said. "Twenty six years ago we could have never had an event like this on World AIDS Day because to be diagnosed with AIDS was the death sentence. A few years ago when Secretary of State Clinton said that we could end AIDS, a lot of people didn't believe it. But this year for the first time ever, more people were put on life saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS."

He later earned a loud cheer when he said: "We are going to win this fight."

President Barack Obama appeared in a video that played on a large screen in Times Square.

"We're closer than we've ever been to achieving the extraordinary - an AIDS free generation," he said. "We got to keep fighting, all of us."

U2 announced the concert on its website Monday.

"This year is a World AIDS Day like no other," Bono said in a statement from Dublin. "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.

The website also said Springsteen and Martin "graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation."

Bank of America presented the free concert, and said it would donate $3 million dollars to the (RED) organization.

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