U2 pays trib­ute to Bour­dain, oth­ers at Apollo The­ater event

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NEW YORK — U2 front­man Bono hon­ored the late An­thony Bour­dain to­ward the end of the band’s spe­cial per­for­mance 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 Mon­day night be­fore launch­ing into an im­pas­sioned ver­sion of “Stuck in a Mo­ment You Can’t Get Out Of.”

The Grammy-win­ning song about suicide was writ­ten by the band 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 starstud­ded guest list, in­clud­ing Harry Be­la­fonte, 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, cov­er­ing 18 songs, and main­tain­ing enough en­ergy to keep many of the nearly 1,500 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.”

Never afraid to play songs from a new al­bum, 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 have not been heard yet on the tour, in­clud­ing “An­gel of Har­lem,” the band’s homage to Bil­lie Hol­l­i­day. For that one, and a few oth­ers, the Sun Ra Arkestra backed them up.

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

Though the con­cert was only for a se­lect crowd of pri­mar­ily Sir­iusXM sub­scribers, U2 fans can hear it on the band’s Sir­iusXM chan­nel on Wed­nes­day.

PHOTO BY ANDY KROPA/IN­VI­SION/AP FILE

CHEF AND TV HOST AN­THONY BOUR­DAIN was found dead of an ap­par­ent suicide in his ho­tel room in France last Fri­day.

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