During U2‘s O2 Arena show last night (October 23), Bono commented on Brexit, saying it was a “loss of shared dreams, shared strengths.”
The band are currently on their ‘experience + innocence’ tour and just before a performance of their politically charged track ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’, Bono spoke of the UK’s plan to leave the European Union.
The frontman hailed London as “a great European city.” He spoke in front of a huge EU-style flag with yellow stars, with one star replaced by a Union flag circled with a heart.
“We’ve just been touring all across Europe and whatever you think about it, all we heard about from Madrid to Berlin to Paris to Amsterdam is that people love the UK,” he said.
“They love you. And no-one wants you to leave. And that’s just the truth. For us it’s more than just a gold star falling off a blue flag. It’s a loss of shared dreams, shared strengths. Without you, we are less. Without you, the English, the Scottish, the Welsh, the Northern Irish, we are less.”
Bono also dedicated the last song ’13 (There Is A Light)’ to Eugene Peterson, an 85 year old American pastor, scholar and writer who died on Monday. “We’d like to dedicate this night to the great Eugene Peterson who left us last night,” he said.
During their opening show in Manchester earlier this week (October 19), the band paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.