Watch Bono Revive His MacPhisto Alter Ego with the Killers on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’
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An eclectic crowd of stars came together for a good cause during the Nov. 22 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! — including U2 frontman Bono, who revived his long-dormant MacPhisto alter ego for the occasion.
As you can see in the clip embedded above, Kimmel crowded a gaggle of celebrities around the piano for the performance of a song titled “We’re Going to Hell” — a tune trundled out to help promote the release of the Killers‘ new holiday album, Don’t Waste Your Wishes. Members of the Killers turned up, naturally, along with Halsey, Julia Roberts, Kristen Bell, DJ Khaled, Channing Tatum, and Neil Patrick Harris; late in the song, they were all joined by Bono, done up as MacPhisto.
A garish persona dreamed up during U2’s Zoo TV tour, MacPhisto had a penchant for holding up the band’s concerts with sarcastic comments about celebrity and attempts to prank call taxi companies (as well as the occasional celebrity or politician, like German chancellor Helmut Kohl). He hasn’t been seen since appearing in animated form in U2’s video for their 1995 single “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” but being that the Don’t Waste Your Wishes LP is a benefit release for the Bono-affiliated (RED) charity, it must have seemed like as good a time as any to bring the old guy out of mothballs.
Check out “We’re Going to Hell” up top, and take a look at the complete Don’t Waste Your Wishes track listing below. The album is available to purchase now.
The Killers, Don’t Waste Your Wishes
“A Great Big Sled” featuring Toni Halliday
“Don’t Shoot Me Santa” featuring Ryan Pardey
“Joseph, Better You Than Me” featuring Elton John and Neil Tennant
“¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” featuring Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx
“The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball”
“Feel It In My Bones” featuring Ryan Pardey
“Christmas In L.A.” featuring Dawes
“Joel the Lump Of Coal” featuring Jimmy Kimmel
“Dirt Sledding” featuring Ryan Pardey and Richard Dreyfuss
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” featuring Ned Humphrey Hansen
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