U2 paid their respects to the late Anthony Bourdain during a special performance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Monday (June 11).
Toward the end of the show, U2 frontman Bono spoke to the crowd about losing a “lot of inspiring, useful people” to suicide in recent years, alluding to the loss of musicians like Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and also 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 performing a heartfelt version of “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”.
The song, which won a Grammy in 2002, was inspired by the apparent suicide of INXS singer Hutchence, a close friend of Bono, who was found dead in his hotel room in 1997.
Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide in his hotel room in France last Friday (June 8); since then tributes have poured in from far and wide for the famous chef.
U2, who took a break from their “Experience and Innocence” arena tour, are said to have powered through a 90-minute, 18-song set at the special Apollo show for Sirius XM subscribers. The invite-only event was attended by Jon Bon Jovi, tennis great John McEnroe, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.