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WATCH: The Edge becomes the first rock musician to play in the Sistine Chapel

He played a set in the Vatican chapel on Saturday night for the participants of a conference on regenerative medicine.

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U2 GUITARIST THE Edge became the first rock-musician to play in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday, when he performed an unplugged set there.

NBC News report that the Irish musician, whose real name is David Evans, played a set in  the Vatican chapel on Saturday night for the participants of conference on regenerative medicine.

“When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn’t know what to say, because usually there’s ‘this other guy’ who sings,” The Edge told the audience.

So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it.
The Edge, who was backed by a young Irish choir, played a cover of Leonard Cohen’s If It Be Your Will (above), as well as acoustic versions of Us songs Yahweh, Ordinary World and Walk on.

The Edge has been on the board of Angiogenesis Foundation since 2007, after his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.

Angiogenesis has to do with the body’s growth of new blood vessels from existing ones. While it is a normal vital process in terms of growth and development, it is also a process by which benign tumours can become malignant.

While Pope Francis was not present at the meeting, The Edge thanked him, calling him “the people’s Pope”.

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