U2 Dedicates Song to Anthony Bourdain at Apollo Show

U2 Live at the Apollo 2018
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U2 frontman Bono honored the late celebrity chef in a performance in New York Monday night, saying the world had lost "a lot of inspiring, useful people" over the past few years.

U2 frontman Bono honored the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band’s special performance Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Bono spoke of losing a “lot of inspiring, useful people” over the past few years “who gave up on their own life,” alluding to the apparent suicides of musicians Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, as well as fashion designer Kate Spade.

“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,” Bono said before launching into an impassioned version of "Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.”

Bono's comments were first reported on Billboard.

The Grammy-winning song about suicide was written after INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in 1997 of an apparent suicide.

The 61-year-old Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide last week in France.

As for the performance, the band took a break from their Experience and Innocence arena tour to play a special one-night show at the legendary theater for Sirius XM subscribers. The invite-only show had a star-studded guest list, including tennis legend John McEnroe, rocker Jon Bon Jovi, E-Street band guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The band ripped through its 90-minute set, doing 18 songs, and maintaining enough energy to keep many of the nearly 1,500 audience members on their feet for most of the night. On the floor, fans waved their arms and sang along from the first chorus of opener, “I Will Follow,” to the last encore of “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way.”

The band is never afraid to play songs from a new album, and four came from Experience. But they also included standards like “Pride (In the Name of Love),” ″Vertigo,” and “Desire.”

They also dusted off a few gems that had not been heard yet on this tour, including “Angel of Harlem,” the band’s homage to Billie Hollday. For that one, and a few others, the Sun Ra Arkestra backed them up.

Other songs making their first tour appearance included ’When Love Comes to Town,” ″Every Breaking Wave,” and “Out of Control,” from Boy, the band’s 1980 debut album.