U2 honoured their long-time tour manager Dennis Sheehan on Wednesday night, shortly after he passed away. Speaking on the second night of their Innocence + Experience Tour at the Los Angeles Forum, Bono paid tribute to 68-year-old Dennis, who had worked with the Irish rock band for 33 years.
"U2's family – it’s a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters in it, too," Bono told the audience. "But the extended family is very important to us and we look after each other. It takes a lot to put on a show like tonight, and last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2's tour manager for 33 years."
Bono honoured Dennis during U2's show at the Los Angeles Forum
Bono spoke of Dennis's love for LA, which was met by loud cheers and applause from the crowd, before dedicating a song to him.
"A lot of U2 songs over the years have been written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in the heart left by a loved one. And this next one is one of those," he said, before playing Iris – a song from the band's 2014 album Songs of Innocence that was originally written in honour of his mother, who died when he was 14-years-old.
Bono said Dennis was "irreplaceable"
Dennis was found dead in his West Hollywood hotel room on 27 May. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Chris Reade said the department were called around 5:30am in response to reports of a man in cardiac arrest. Sheehan was pronounced dead at the scene
"We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in," read a statement written by Bono that was posted on U2's website. "He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
Wolverhampton-born Dennis, who had previously worked for Led Zeppelin, started working with U2 before they released their third album War in 1983.