Bono paid tribute to Dennis Sheehan as news broke the longtime tour manager had been found dead.
U2 will play an intimate concert Thursday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and will be back at The Forum on Saturday for their third show at the venue. That did not stop the quartet from saying some words in his honor. After sharing the #ChooseJoy story from my son’s death, I asked “So how do you go out and do a concert when your heart is hurting?” “Right. Pray for Pam who lost the love of her life”.
According to Billboard, Bono spoke about Sheehan early into the band’s set, describing his bandmates as “brotherhood”. “He is irreplaceable”.
As he introduced the song Iris, from their latest album Songs of Innocence, Bono said, “We look after each other and it takes a lot to put on a show like tonight”.
“With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longstanding tour manager and dear friend to United States all, has passed away overnight”, LiveNation CEO of global touring Arthur Fogel said in a statement.
“Dennis traveled with me as we approached the end game of Led Zeppelin, his charm and humor a beacon in the meltdown of the late-’70s”, Plant told The Times in a statement.
Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Chris Reade says first responders were called around 5:30 a.m.to reports of a man in cardiac arrest.
Bono went on to explain that Sheehan, who used to work with Led Zeppelin, had “always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin“, which, the singer added, “of course is impossible”.
Sheehan’s unexpected death comes after other recent setbacks for the band. “We did try once at his last big birthday”.
Bono spotted his impersonator in the crowd and duly brought him onstage to join the band.