U2 fans have reason to rejoice. The rock band might finally come to India, if Gul Panag has anything to do with it. The actress has started an initiative called Social Outreach Accreditation Program (SOAP) that involves volunteering for various charities and NGOs across the country.
The first activity under SOAP is Called ‘U2 can bring U2 to India’, and the idea is to get the legendary band to perform a concert in India, subsequently raising money for charity. Gul is due to attend the U2 concert in Toronto on July 11, and has scheduled a meeting with them to convince them for a show in India. As part of the initiative, the actress has started a blog asking people to sign up and become part of the campaign. The number of signatures will help the actress convince the artists to finally fly down here.
Says Gul, “I am a huge fan of U2, not just for their amazing music but also the philanthropic work they do. I think they are the perfect example of how you can not only do what you are passionate about but also do good for society. I am privileged to have the opportunity to watch them live in concert, and would love to offer Indian fans that opportunity as well. Here’s our chance to extend a sincere invitation to the band to play in India and bring awareness to a great cause as well.”
U2’s charity work
U2 comprises Bono on vocals and rhythm guitar, The Edge on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, Adam Clayton on bass guitar, and Larry Mullen Jr on drums and backing vocals. The band is actively involved in charitable campaigns around the world with organisations such as Make Poverty History, Live 8 and Bono’s DATA campaign. U2 recorded a John Lennon song for a CD compilation to raise funds for Amnesty International.