Tuesday, March 17, 2015

U2 Pay Tribute To Irish DJ Tony Fenton, Perform Together For First Time Since Bono's Bike Accident

U2 performed on Monday for the first time since singer Bono's serious bike accident in November left him uncertain if he will ever play guitar again.

The band tribute to beloved Irish DJ Tony Fenton, who passed away on March 11 after a long-running battle with prostate cancer.

Wearing a protective bandage on his arm, which he broke in six places, Bono sang "Ordinary Love" from the altar of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublinm with his bandmates -- The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton.

Fenton was a supporter of U2 from their early days and he had specifically chosen all the music for his own funeral, including the band's Oscar-nominated song from the film Mandela.

After the band finished to huge applause, celebrant Fr Kealy quipped, "Tony would have given you the nod of respect," according to the Irish Independent.

And the Irish Times reported that Fenton's fellow Today FM broadcaster Mario Rosenstock said in his speech: "I don't think anybody else in the world could have organised the biggest band in the world to play at his funeral."

Fulfilling his wishes: Fenton prepared the list of music he wanted for his funeral, including having his friends U2 sing "Ordinary Love."

In a moving tribute to the repected DJ, on Monday, radio stations across Ireland came together to simultaneously play one of Fenton's favorite tracks: "I Say A Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin.