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Watch Springsteen, Chris Martin stand in for U2's Bono at New York AIDS concert

Bono's perilous bike accident in New York's Central Park has had at least one nice surprise benefit: We've been able to watch U2 perform with a variety of different frontmen. In Monday night's World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square, the lucky stand-ins were Coldplay's Chris Martin ("With or Without You") and Bruce Springsteen ("Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"). Rolling Stone's critics may really like U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, but Bono's friends apparently prefer The Joshua Tree. Watch snippets of Martin and Springsteen's performances, plus a taste of Carrie Underwood and Kanye West, via The Associated Press:

And you can watch the whole Springsteen/U2 performance below — at least as long as YouTube keeps the video active. --Peter Weber