U2 knows what it’s like to lose a friend — which is why the band took a moment to help the world heal from the pain of Anthony Bourdain‘s apparent suicide.
Referencing the suicides of Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington, Bono told the crowd:
“We lost a lot of very inspiring, useful people and gained a few useless people. It’s hard, though, to lose a friend, to lose a mate, and this band has been through that and music lost some great people who gave up on their own life and that makes it kinda harder.”
The Irish rocker also referenced tragedies in the “fashion” industry, alluding to the apparent suicide of Kate Spade, who reportedly took her own life just days before Bourdain.
Bono concluded his speech by dedicating Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of to the celebrity chef and “his friends and family.” Watch the audience-recorded footage (below).