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U2 prays with Pastor Rick Warren before playing concert hours after death of their beloved tour manager

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Dennis Sheehan spent 33 years with the band.

Heartbroken and in grief band members of U2 asked Pastor Rick Warren to pray with them before going onstage hours after the death of their tour manager. Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, was found dead in his hotel room, last week in Los Angeles. Sheehan spent 33 years with a band; he died of a severe heart attack at the age of 68.


By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
6/1/2015 (8 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: U2, Dennis Sheehan, Death, Rick Warren, Prayer, Grief, Tour Manager, Concert

MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - "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," wrote Bono on U2's website the day of Sheehan's death.

Pastor Warren, of the nearby Saddleback Church, noted the band's intense emotion over the sudden passing of the "kind Christian man."

"Adam, Larry, Edge, and Bono asked me to share some Scripture, words of comfort and pray with them right before they walked on stage tonight," wrote the pastor, sharing the band's request amid their grieving. He shared the story "Choose Joy," which was created over Warren son's suicide back in 2013.

"So how do you go out and do a concert when your heart is hurting?" he asked the band.

"We choose joy," answered Bono.

The pastor's post garnered a lot of response from people writing in that they too are praying for Sheehan's family and the band he left behind.

Bono told their audience at end of their concert that, "we dedicate this song, in fact we dedicate the night, in fact we dedicate our whole tour to the very living memory of Dennis Sheehan."

The band, how they've done a hundred times before, ended the concert with the song "40" - based on Psalm 40 from the Scripture.


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