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U2 is known for supporting a variety of charitable efforts around the world, and now the Irish rockers have made a significant donation to help the global live-music industry, which is suffering greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Billboard.com reports that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have just given $1.5 million to aid the live-music biz. This follows a 10 million euro — about $11.8 million — donation that the band gave toward COVID-19 relief efforts in Ireland back in April.

Included in the $1.5 million sum is a 200,000 euro — about $237,000 — donation from U2 for Ireland’s live-music industry as part of the Songs from an Empty Room concert special that aired this past week on Irish TV. That event included the recently reported shot-at-home video performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” by Bono and The Edge that they dedicated to members of their Irish road crew.

By Matt Friedlander
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