U2 dedicate song to Anthony Bourdain at New York show

Bono introduced the song with a short speech about losing "a lot of inspiring, useful people" recently

U2 dedicated a song to Anthony Bourdain at their New York show last night (June 11).

The US TV chef died in France last week (June 8) by apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.

At the end of the first encore during the Irish band’s show at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, frontman Bono began talking about losing “a lot of inspiring, useful people” in recent times “who gave up on their own life”. “It’s hard to lose a friend and this band has been through that,” he added. 

He then directly mentioned Bourdain, saying: “And now this great storyteller, who I’m sure has stories he couldn’t tell us. So for Anthony Bourdain, and his friends and family, this is a song inspired by a great, great, great friend of ours. His name is Michael Hutchence.”

The band then played ‘Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of’, which was written after INXS singer Hutchence died by suicide in 1997.

Queens Of The Stone Age also paid tribute to Bourdain last week (June 8), performing their song ‘Long Slow Goodbye’ for the chef, who was a close friend of frontman Josh Homme’s. “Sometimes you lose somebody,” Homme said as the band headlined Denmark’s Northside Festival. “And today we lost somebody, so this song is for Tony.”

After working in restaurants in New York, Bourdain moved into culinary TV in 2002 when he made A Cook’s Tour for The Food Network. Later, he joined the Travel Channel to create the Emmy award-winning Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, before moving to CNN where he presented Parts Unknown.

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