Tonight, December 1, U2 will make a return visit to Sphere in Las Vegas to begin a fresh run of performances as part of the band’s continuous residency at the cutting-edge arena. As December 1st is also World AIDS Day, Sphere will be illuminated in red to commemorate The ONE Campaign and The (RED) project, both of which Bono co-founded to combat HIV/AIDS and poverty worldwide. A series of messages honoring World AIDS Day and the efforts made to save millions of lives in the fight against the virus and disease will be displayed by Sphere in addition to the venue being painted a vibrant red.
“OVER THE PAST 20 WORLD AIDS DAYS…” will be the message divided into multiple parts. OVER THE WORLD, 25 MILLION LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. I’m grateful to Americans. Gratitude to PEPFAR and to you! .. On this World AIDS Day, we have some information to share. A MILLION VOICES CONNECTING AS ONE… RED: MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING… $750 MILLION RAISED (RED) However, we cannot stop now. Because your location shouldn’t determine whether you live or die from AIDS
According to a press release regarding the Sphere’s World AIDS Day presentation, PEPFAR, or the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, was founded in 2003 and has been a very successful public health initiative thanks to support from the American public and bipartisan political action. The statement notes that the reauthorization of PEPFAR is now at a standstill and that, in honor of World AIDS Day, The ONE Campaign is urging Congress to approve a five-year extension of the program so that the United States may keep providing essential HIV/AIDS relief to areas in need.
In order to raise funds and awareness for worldwide HIV/AIDS and poverty projects, (RED) collaborates with businesses and individuals to offer items with specifically banded labels. On its social media platforms, U2 has shared a picture of the band members posing in front of the red-adorned Sphere. As previously announced, U2’s “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere” residency will include an 11-date run from January 26 to February 18, 2024, in addition to seven gigs in December. Visit U2.com to view the band’s entire schedule.