U2’s longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, died Wednesday, and the band he worked with for 33 years gave him a touching honor during their second show at The Forum. 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. Last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. 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’. He came to this city as a young man in the ‘70s, working for Led Zeppelin. 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.
According to Billboard, a photo montage of Sheehan was also shown at the concert, while the band ripped through “40” off War (1983).
U2 are playing a five-night stand at The Forum in Los Angeles. The Innocence + Experience expanded world tour will run through November.