On Sept. 27, 2000, in an homage to The Beatles’ rooftop concert during the Let It Be recording sessions, U2 pulled a similar stunt in Dublin, Ireland, to promote their tenth album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
Atop The Clarence Hotel, which is owned by Bono and The Edge, the band performed multiple takes of two songs from the upcoming release: “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation.” The former would be would be the first single from the album and get released on Oct. 9, three weeks prior to the album’s release date. The performance was recorded for the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” program and broadcast eight days later. An estimated crowd of 4,000 gathered on the streets below to listen.
This wasn’t the first time U2 had done a rooftop concert. In March of 1987, the band performed above a one-story liquor store in downtown Los Angeles to promote the North American leg of their upcoming Joshua Tree Tour.