Robert Plant remembers former Led Zeppelin tour manager Dennis Sheehan

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Bono expresses shock at death of U2 tour manager.

Before landing the job of tour manager for U2, to which he devoted the last 33 years of his life, Dennis Sheehan had worked with other rock acts, big and small. In a story May 27 about the death of veteran U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that his death came just hours after the band kicked off its latest tour.Before they went on stage at the Los Angeles Forum on Wednesday night, U2 invited the evangelical preacher Rick Warren backstage to help them deal with the shock. None, however, was bigger than Led Zeppelin, which he worked for during much of the 1970s — almost to the point when the group disbanded following the 1980 death of drummer John Bonham. The team is heartbroken so Adam, Larry, Edge, and Bono asked me to share some scripture, words of comfort, and pray with them right before they walked on stage tonight. “After sharing the ‘Choose Joy’ story from my son’s death, I asked ’So how do you go out and do a concert when your heart is hurting?’ Bono said ‘We choose joy!’” A native of Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Mr Sheehan had been the band’s tour manager since 1982.

In February their long time spiritual mentor Pastor Jack Heaslip died and drummer Larry Mullen’s father died just before they started their iNNOCENCE + eXPRIENCE world tour in Vancouver earlier this month. He is irreplaceable.” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Chris Reade said first responders were called around 5:30 a.m. to reports of a man in cardiac arrest. U2’s promoter Arthur Fogel, the head of Live Nation, said the news of Mr Sheehan’s death caused “profound sadness” to all those who knew him. “Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family,” he said. Last night we lost a member of our family. “Many U2 songs over the years were written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in a heart left by a loved one. Bono crashed his bike in Central Park in New York late last year, suffering multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow.

With the loss of Sheehan, U2 now has such a wound.” He revealed that it was Mr Sheehan who got the crowd to sing at the refrain at the end of the song 40 which was included on the Live at Red Rocks album, one of the albums which cemented the band’s reputation as a live act. “And whatever happened that night, nobody was singing the refrain. We just heard this lone voice, this single voice, singing ‘How long to sing this song’ – a light voice, beautiful tremolo,” Bono said. “And it was the voice of Dennis Sheehan, trying to get everyone to sing, which they did. And the band’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, was met with criticism last year when it was delivered for free on iTunes by Apple and weeks later released for sale.

Whether it be in their social lives, which they are very particular about, or in their business life, which they are also particular about – they go for the best, and in turn the people that work for them give of their best,” he said.

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