U2 honors late tour manager Dennis Sheehan at Los Angeles concert

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Bono expresses shock at death of U2 tour manager.

Impersonators are a consequence of mass stardom. 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. U2 paused during its sold out show for lead singer Bono to speak of the group’s extended family. “We look after each other and it takes a lot to put on a show like tonight.

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. Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the hotel at 5:34 a.m. after a report of a person in cardiac arrest, said fire Inspector Randall Wright.

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. 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.

He was U2’s tour manager for 33 years,” Bono said. “He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles and he called the Sunset Marquis his ‘home away from home’. 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. He always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin, which of course is impossible.” He then told a story of how the group dressed as Led Zeppelin for Sheehan’s last birthday, commending everyone else’s impersonations except his own. “The biggest problem was I couldn’t quite fill Robert Plant’s pants,” the singer joked before the group launched into “Iris (Hold Me Close)” off 2014’s Songs of Innocence.

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. 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.

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. 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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