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Thursday 21 June 2018

Bono dedicates song to 'inspiring' Bourdain at Harlem show

U2 in action during the Harlem show
U2 in action during the Harlem show

U2 frontman Bono honoured the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band's special performance at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Bono spoke of losing a "lot of inspiring, useful people" over the past few years "who gave up on their own life", alluding to the apparent suicides of musicians Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, as well as fashion designer Kate Spade.

"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," Bono said on Monday before launching into an impassioned version of Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Off. The Grammy-winning song about suicide was written by the band after INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in 1997 of an apparent suicide.

Bourdain (61) was found dead of an apparent suicide last week in France.

Star-studded

As for the performance, the band took a break from their Experience And Innocence arena tour to play a special one-night show at the legendary theatre for Sirius XM subscribers.

The invite-only show had a star-studded guest list, including 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 ripped through their 90-minute set, covering 18 songs and maintaining enough energy to keep many of the nearly 1,500 guests on their feet for most of the night.

They also dusted off a few gems that have not been heard yet on the tour, including Angel Of Harlem, the band's homage to Billie Holiday. For that one, and a few others, the Sun Ra Arkestra backed them up.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain

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