Bono honors longtime tour manager at 2nd L.A. show

Bono speaking

U2 front-man took a moment during their show to memorialize their tour manager of over three decades, Dennis Sheehan. As previously reported Mr. Sheehan was found unresponsive and not breathing in his hotel room early Wednesday morning.

Although it cannot be known how deeply this has affected the band, it can be summed with Bono’s comments to the audience, “It takes a lot to put a show on like tonight and last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan is his name. He was U2’s tour manager for thirty-three years.”

Ever the professional, Bono spent a few minutes recalling a time when the band dressed up like member of Led Zeppelin to surprise their tour manager at his birthday party. He told a story that was both touching and funny and quite appropriate for the show. Then, the band broke into “Iris (Hold Me Close)” a song about Bono’s mother who died when he was 14.

I never doubt that Bono would commemorate the moment with sweetness and class.

U2 longtime tour manager dies

Dennis Sheehan was found dead in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood early Wednesday morning.

“We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in,” said Bono in a statement on the band’s website. “He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.”

Sheehan had been involved with the band for over 30 years. He was 68 years old.

The band has just begun a five-show stretch in Los Angeles. This is only the latest tragedy in a series of setbacks the band has encountered, including Bono’s bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park last November and Edge’s fall of the stage in Vancouver at the beginning of the tour.

Here’s to hoping that this will last adversity they will have to experience during their six-month tour.

Rest in peace, Mr. Sheehan, you truly are a legend.