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Following news that U2’s longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, was found dead Wednesday morning (May 27), sources confirmed to Billboard that his tragic death will not have an impact on the band’s current Innocence + Experience tour.
Most immediately, Wednesday night’s show at The Forum in Los Angeles will proceed without postponement or delay — but not without a nod to Sheehan’s impact on the band. U2 is planning a tribute to Sheehan at the show, according to a source: “Dennis was the heart and soul of the organization.”
Tour personnel changes are currently being sorted out in the midst of Sheehan’s unexpected death.
Sheehan, born in 1946, joined U2 just before the release of their classic War album (1983) and continued to work with them until his death in a West Hollywood hotel this morning. Prior to U2, he worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin to Patti Smith.
Additional reporting by Ray Waddell and Shirley Halperin. This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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