R.E.M./Cher Duet Highlights Bono Tribute
An unexpected duet between R.E.M. and Cher and short sets by No Doubt and Lauryn Hill highlighted the Love Rocks: Celebrating the Biggest Hearts in Entertainment benefit concert, held last Friday at tAn unexpected duet between R.E.M. and Cher and short sets by No Doubt and Lauryn Hill highlighted the Love Rocks: Celebrating the Biggest Hearts in Entertainment benefit concert, held last Friday at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The event, staged by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, honored U2 frontman Bono with the Heart of Entertainment Award for his years of philanthropic work.
After opening with "Imitation of Life," R.E.M. brought Cher onstage for a performance of "I've Got You Babe," the latter No. 1 pop hit with her late husband Sonny Bono. "I have never done that song without my Bono, so this one is for you, Bono," Cher told the crowd. R.E.M.'s set also included "Losing My Religion," and the group returned to close the evening with a cover of U2's "One" featuring Bono on vocals. No Doubt also tipped its hat to Bono with a rendition of U2's "Sweetest Thing."
Following congratulatory video tributes from former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise introduced Bono, who acknowledged he has been a "pain in the arse" of U.S. government officials via his efforts with Drop The Debt. He went on to discuss the ongoing global impact of AIDS and the responsibility of wealthy nations to aid populations that are less fortunate.
As previously reported, EIF used the event to unveil its National Cardiovascular Research Initiative, designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The foundation will make a $3 million contribution to five leading cardiovascular centers and two patient outreach programs.