By Tonya Turner, Online Entertainment and Confidential Editor, Herald Sun
THOUSANDS of Hamish and Andy fans were treated to a free mini U2 concert this afternoon when the band performed Desire and Vertigo live on stage at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
The radio pair were performing their last national drive time show at the free event when the Irish rock stars made their surprise appearance while the boys were fooling around singing their own song, "We are better than U2".
Celebrating "pants-off" Friday, Hamish and Andy appeared on stage dressed in colonial style hats and jackets and short black boxers to begin the show
U2 then joined the duo on the couch on stage for a relaxed chat.
"The last time we spoke to you guys was on the phone in France, to actually meet you in the flesh... a bit too much flesh..." The Edge said.
Other special guests included Michael Paynter, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite.
Farnham joked about following "you two and following U2 too," before performing for the crowd. After Farnham wished them farewell, the boys teased about Farnham's own farewell tours - at eight and counting.
At the end of the show the boys thanked their parents who sat in the audience and their girlfriends Megan Gale and Zoe Foster.
Hamish thanked Andy by giving him an "Andy" necklace and got himself a "Hamish" necklace.
Hamish told the crowd, "We really don't know what it is we're going to do next year," before Andy added, "In the words of a great man, it's far from over."
The popular duo have been touring the country playing live shows for the past week as part of their farewell Thank You tour.
They announced their departure from the daily drive time show earlier this year to pursue their television careers, but are yet to announce any details.
But the boys won't be gone from radio for good. They return next year with one drive show a week on Fridays for the national Today network. They will be replaced Monday to Thursdays by Fifi Box and Jules Lund.
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