"U2 is kind of family. It's a brotherhood," the singer-songwriter said

By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated May 28, 2015 09:40 AM
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Bono and U2 gave a special musical tribute at their Wednesday night show to honor the death of their longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan.

The group’s frontman, 55, paused during their performance at The Forum in Los Angeles to say a few words about their manager of more than three decades, who died earlier in the day.

“What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything,” Bono said before introducing the song “Iris” from Songs of Innocence, captured in a YouTube video.

He continued, “U2 is kind of family. It’s a brotherhood, although there’s a lot of sisters in it too, now that I think about it. But the extended family is very, very important to us. 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.”

“And he loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles. 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,” Bono said in front of the crowded venue. “He always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin, which of course is impossible.”

The Irish singer-songwriter then recalled an anecdote about when the band led a Zeppelin-themed birthday for Sheehan.

“We turned up at his birthday dressed as Led Zeppelin. Adam [Clayton] was quite something because he had kind of a professorial Jon Paul Jones look. The biggest problem was I couldn’t quite fill Robert Plant’s pants,” Bono remembered.

Paramedics were reportedly called to Sheehan’s hotel room in West Hollywood early Wednesday morning and discovered him unresponsive, Billboard reported. Sheehan, who was in his late 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

U2 kicked off its international Innocence and Experience tour earlier this month in Vancouver, Canada. Wednesday marked the group’s second night of a five-show run at The Forum.