A Tribute to Sheehan, Band Goes On

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The show went on. As reported earlier Dennis Sheehan long time tour manager passed away May 26th. Paster Rick Warren was invited in to counsel the band. Dennis was very kind Christian man. Paster Rick shared some scripture, words of comfort, and pray with them right before they walked on stage tonight.

After sharing the ‪#‎ChooseJoy‬ story from my son's death, I asked "So how do you go out and do a concert when your heart is hurting?" Bono said "We choose joy!" Right. Pray for Pam who lost the love of her life. 

The show went on as scheduled. We reported earlier that the band has selected "40" as the closing song for the evening and confirmed with the set-list that "40" would be the closing song. We elected not to publish the set-list to allow fans to experience the show. Some in the social media expressed their disappointment in our choice. However we did the right thing for the greater good.

The audience started singing the lengthy refrain of "how long to sing this song?" long after the band left the stage.

This was an emotional evening for everyone and the band stepped up and performed one of their best shows.  The spirit was in the house, and The Lord provided the comfort the band and crew needed to carry them on.  

 

Set List LA2  May 27, 2015

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet)
  5. Angel Of Harlem
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  10. Bad / Moment of Surrender (snippet)
  11. With Or Without You

encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights / Transmission (snippet)
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. 40

Forum Show Will Not Be Impacted

Following news that U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, was found dead Wednesday morning (May 27), sources confirmed to Billboard that his tragic death will not have an impact on the band's current Innocence + Experience tour.

Most immediately, Wednesday night's show at The Forum in Los Angeles will proceed without postponement or delay -- but not without a nod to Sheehan's impact on the band. U2 is planning a tribute to Sheehan at the show, according to a source: "Dennis was the heart and soul of the organization." 

Tour personnel changes are currently being sorted out in the midst of Sheehan's unexpected death.

Dennis Sheehan Passes Away

TMZ reported that Dennis Sheehan has passed away in his hotel room in LA. Some reports have been floating around by other U2 blog sites that the bands past manager Paul McGuinness was the one that was found die. No Paul has not travel LA and as far as we know he is enjoying retirement just fine.

Dennis Sheehan was found unconscious in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. We're told paramedics were called to Sheehan's hotel room around 5:30 AM for a reported cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Just six hours earlier, U2 had finished their sell-out concert at the Forum venue in Los Angeles.

Sheehan, who says on his Twitter profile he “loves travel, food, music, company and chatting,” began working with U2 in 1982 when they were about to release their War album. 33 years later and he, Bono, and the rest of the band have become close friends, as well as colleagues.

U2 has updated their official statement

- "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable." Bono

- "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family." Arthur Fogel


 

U2's Opening Night Cali Style

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Wahlig/U2TOURFANS/2015

INGLEWOOD, CA -  U2 arrived ! LA fans had a bit of a wait as crowds continued to pour in around the official start time. Fans around the world ripping up social media with comments about how LA fans never arrive on time and that the venue had a lot of empty seats due to possible resellers holding tickets. This is not uncommon for any show in or around the LA area.  Most music fans go out late and stay out late. The city really does not get started before 9PM. U2's show does not have an opening act and no matter how many times you tell fans NO OPENING act arrive early on time, its going to happen that a few fans will arrive late.

Some of the Hollywood crowd was spotted the forum settled in for an evening of music just over two hours.  We can expect to see Hollywood listers around the venue all week.

During sound check Electric Co was introduced as part of the nights possible tune to join the set list.

The band has been introducing songs to the fluid set list over the past few nights. 

This arena tour fans will all agree that the sound is very tight, clear and crisp. The band is very on point. 

Bono sounds even better. Opening the night with "The Miracle( of Joey Ramone) had fans on their feet, arms in the air leaving no doubt that U2 has come to play. 

As we said a few set list changes. California made an appearance, City of Blinding Lights, Electric Co and Sweetest Thing. Bono's impersonator, Joseph Hier performed a couple of tunes ( U2 tribute band: Hollywood U2) The show ended with "One"

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