U2 say they ‘lost a family member’ after tour manager is found dead in hotel room

Dennis Sheehan had worked with the band for 33 years

U2 have issued a statement following the death of their tour manager Dennis Sheehan.

Sheehan, 68, was found dead on Wednesday morning (May 27), having thought to have passed overnight at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. Local authorities have stated that Sheehan appeared to die of natural causes.

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Sheehan had worked with U2 for over 30 years and was on tour with the band at the time of his passing. Born in Wolverhampton in 1947, Sheehan first linked up with the Irish band prior to the release of their 1983 album ‘War’. He also worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more over the course of his career.

“We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in,” Bono said in a statement on the band’s website. “He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.”

The band also paid respect to Sheehan at their show at The Forum in Los Angeles Wednesday night (May 27), with Bono dedicating ‘Iris’ from their recent album ‘Songs of Innocence’ to the late friend and telling the crowd: “Last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2’s tour manager for 33 years. He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles and he called the Sunset Marquis his ‘home away from home’. He came to this city as a young man in the ’70s, working for Led Zeppelin. He always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin, which of course is impossible.”

Bono continued: “We did try once at his last big birthday. We turned up at his birthday dressed as Led Zeppelin. Adam [Clayton, bassist] was quite something because he had kind of professorial Jon Paul Jones look. The biggest problem was I couldn’t quite fill Robert Plant’s pants.”

Watch U2’s dedication to Sheehan below.

Meanwhile, U2 guitarist The Edge has discussed his fall during the first show of his band’s world tour in Vancouver earlier this month (May 14). The guitarist was walking along the edge of a ramp in the middle of the crowd during final song ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ when he accidentally stepped off the stage. Bono, oblivious to the accident, sang on while the rest of the band briefly stopped playing.

Previously writing on social media that he was okay but “didn’t see the edge”, the guitarist has now talked to CBS about the incident. “It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on stage,” The Edge said, with bassist Adam Clayton describing his feeling at the time as being “sick in the pit of my stomach”.

Serious injuries to the musician would have mean that the band’s tour would have started and ended in the same evening, with The Edge adding: “It would have been the shortest tour in history”.

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