Photo via U2’s Instagram
If you can’t go where the streets have no name, you might as well go where no other rock star has gone before. On Saturday, that logic apparently led U2 guitarist The Edge to become the first rock musician to ever play the Vatican. And he did it in the grandest, most U2 way possible, performing inside the Sistine Chapel alongside an Irish choir.
Standing in the corner of the Chapel, with Michelangelo’s famed ceiling fresco above him, The Edge performed before roughly 200 members of Cellular Horizons, a conference on regenerative medicine that took place at the Vatican over the weekend. The guitarist took his history-making turn in stride, even throwing in a joke about Bono: “When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistene Chapel, I didn’t know what to say because usually there’s this other guy who sings.”
The Edge has long been known as a fan of reverb, so he was probably losing his mind from the moment he strummed the first chord of his all-acoustic set inside the expansive 15th-century chapel. The set included a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” as well as U2’s own “Yahweh,” “Ordinary Love,” and “Walk On,” as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will.”
Check out some fan videos below, which are probably illegal because as anyone who’s ever been hassled by Vatican security knows, you can’t take photos inside the Sistine Chapel. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯