This has been a hard year for celebrities with the death of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade both who committed suicide. The news of both celebrities has sparked much attention on the subject of depression that affects so many people, many who have turned to suicide as their last option.
U2 is no stranger to losing friends to suicide, in 1997 frontman Bono lost one of his friends, INXS singer Michael Hutchence. U2 wrote a song in Hutchence’s honor about suicide and performed the song at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, a special concert that he held for a select crowd of primarily SiriusXM subscribers. At the concert, the band’s spoke of losing a “lot of inspiring, useful people” over the past few years “who gave up on their own life.” Referring to Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave who hung himself in 2017 and Chester Bennington. the lead singer for the bands Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Grey Daze, and Stone Temple Pilots who also hung himself in 2017.
Before singing the song he wrote for Hutchence, “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out,” Bono addressed the crowd,
“And now this great storyteller, who I’m sure has stories he couldn’t tell us. So for Anthony Bourdain, and his friends and family this is a song inspired by a great, great, great friend of ours. His name is Michael Hutchence.”
The band who took a break from their Experience and Innocence tour played a one-night show at the legendary theatre and there was no shortage of star-studded guests including Harry Belafonte, tennis legend John McEnroe, rocker Jon Bon Jovi, E-Street band guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The band played songs from their new album but also included oldies but goodies like “Vertigo,” “Pride,” and “Desire.”
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