New York: Bono pays tribute to Chris Cornell, who died by suicide last week at age 52, during the Rose Bowl show by dedicating The Joshua Tree cut “Running to Stand Still” to the late Soundgarden frontman.
Bono introduced the song by calling Cornell a “lion” and a “beautiful, sweet soul” before launching into the 1987 track, which follows a Dublin couple struggling with heroin.
Survival was on the band’s minds. (At least we can presume Bono spoke for everyone, since, as usual, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen remained mighty but mute.) “Here we still are. Here you still are. What a blessing,” Bono said, not needing to state that no other group with the same stature in rock history has survived with its original lineup intact for 35-plus years. And: “Let’s do this again in 2047.”
Coming up Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes U2 as his guests on Tuesday, May 23, as part of their Joshua Tree tour. It will be “their only sit-down TV interview and performance while on the road in the U.S. for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017,” ( Note the press release did state performance )