Exit’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy

U2‘s recent return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles helped out a local band in a big way. Exit, an all-female group, hopped onstage and played a U2 cover, resulting in a heap of media coverage in L.A. and attention from several suits in the audience.

The four members of Exit showed up early for the November 1st show, which got them in great position on the floor to display a sign that read “Bassist, Singer, Guitarist, Drummer – The Girls Play Really Well” – a reference to lyrics from U2’s song “Vertigo.” Bono saw the sign and pulled the ladies onstage, according to the Los Angeles Times.

U2 has brought two other bands out of the audience during its latest tour to mixed results. This time, Bono happened to pick a group that polished its chops playing U2 covers before turning to original music. The ladies chose “Out Of Control,” an oldie but goodie from 1980’s Boy album.

Apparently, Exit rocked, garnering a standing ovation from the crowd, compliments from Bono and notice from Atlantic Records, SONY BMG and Columbia Records, all of whom had reps in the audience, the Times said.

“Being up there was like the eye of a hurricane; the energy and sound are amazing,” bassist Susan Hamilton told the paper. “[U2] were waiting around to see if we could do it, and you could tell they were surprised, I think. Luckily, we rocked it.”