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Twitter Reacts With Mixed Feelings After Bono Is Replaced By Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin stepped in to replace Bono at a Times Square World AIDS Day concert Monday night. The U2 lead singer was injured in a bicycle crash in Nov., which has forced the band to cancel several shows.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET

Posted on December 1, 2014, at 10:04 p.m. ET

The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, and Adam Clayton perform as "U2 minus 1" to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on Monday in New York City.
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic

The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, and Adam Clayton perform as "U2 minus 1" to mark World AIDS Day in Times Square on Monday in New York City.

U2 was set to play a concert in support of World AIDS Day in Times Square, but Bono was injured in a Central Park bike crash last month, which has led the band to cancel several shows, including a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show and left the band scrambling to find a replacement singer for Monday's show.

On Monday, U2 posted to their Facebook page that Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin would replace the singer during the show.

U2 lead singer Bono before the bike crash.
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U2 lead singer Bono before the bike crash.

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The bike crash near Central Park left Bono with multiple injuries, including a fracture involving his left eye socket, a left shoulder blade fracture, and a left elbow fracture.

The 54-year-old underwent a five-hour "intensive and progressive therapy" surgery. Doctors said a "full recovery is expected."

The Boss and Martin took turns singing for Bono on Monday night in what the band called "U2 Minus 1."

Taylor Hill / FilmMagic
Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

People took to Twitter to offer their condolences:

Love reading all the loving tweets at #GetWellBono ❤️ I hope #Bono is reading them. So much love for him 😍

Laura Garvock@laura_garvockFollow

Love reading all the loving tweets at #GetWellBono I hope #Bono is reading them. So much love for him

1:36 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Bruce and the Cold Play guy couldn't replace Bono, but that's not the point. It was still pretty cool, anyway. Get well soon, Bono.#RED

CaptainTouchback@CaptTouchbackFollow

Bruce and the Cold Play guy couldn't replace Bono, but that's not the point. It was still pretty cool, anyway. Get well soon, Bono.#RED

3:19 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, and Adam Clayton perform on Monday.
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic

The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bruce Springsteen, and Adam Clayton perform on Monday.

Although, other people expressed confusion over the line-up change:

That's not Bono or I'm higher than I thought.

10&6@FinzZombieFollow

That's not Bono or I'm higher than I thought.

2:36 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Bono's plastic surgery looks ridiculous.

Bruce Springsteen performs with "U2 minus 1"
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic

Bruce Springsteen performs with "U2 minus 1"

And some were upset by it:

My mom is getting angry at the TV because U2 is performing with Bruce Springsteen. She keeps yelling "WHERE'S BONO?"

Jenna Severson@SeversonJennaFollow

My mom is getting angry at the TV because U2 is performing with Bruce Springsteen. She keeps yelling "WHERE'S BONO?"

3:14 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bono, you do not have to worry about your day job. Chris Martin is a disaster.

Ben White@morningmoneybenFollow

Bono, you do not have to worry about your day job. Chris Martin is a disaster.

2:37 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I was excited to see the Boss… but that was disappointing. I have a new appreciation for Bono.

Highchair Kings@highchairkingsFollow

I was excited to see the Boss… but that was disappointing. I have a new appreciation for Bono.

3:19 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

While others were not disappointed to have the different performers:

U2 without Bono tonight? I almost feel guilty about taking such joy from the outcome of someone's injury. http://t.co/03JkjdWb14

Ryan McNutt@RyanMcNuttFollow

U2 without Bono tonight? I almost feel guilty about taking such joy from the outcome of someone's injury. http://t.co/03JkjdWb14

1:43 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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