Nashville star Jonathan Jackson switched things up a bit while recently performing at the Opry, paying tribute to rock icons U2. In case you missed it, the seminal rock band announced they’re touring this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree.
While performing at the Opry back in October, Jackson gave a slightly twangier version of U2’s hit single “Angel of Harlem.” Obviously, covering a song by U2 is a little different for Jackson and the Opry alike. Heck, you may have thought the same as me and sort of questioned the choice altogether.
But no need to fret, because Jackson makes the song all his own. Arguably the most talented of the singers on Nashville, Jackson hit the Bono-esque runs with considerable ease.
Jackson really seems to put his heart and soul into the song, as he rarely ever opens his eyes. Or maybe he’s just nervous? All joking aside, Jackson does do a solid job of covering the song. But don’t take my word for it, check the performance out for yourself.
U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour will see the band performing the classic album in its entirety during a run of select stadium dates. Special guests include Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic, the Lumineers and Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds. You can find tour dates and ticket info here.
Jonathan Jackson is currently starring as singer-songwriter Avery Barkley on season 5 of Nashville. The longtime drama was canceled by its original network ABC, but was recently picked up for its fifth season on its new home of CMT.