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U2 played Bonnaroo, honored Chris Cornell (pics)

Last night (6/9) U2 played their first US festival (and second festival ever) when their The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour made its way to the 2017 edition of Bonnaroo. Along with playing the classic album from beginning to end, U2 took time, like they have before, to honor Chris Cornell. USA Today reports:

“One Tree Hill” was dedicated to the eldest daughter of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who died last month at age 52.

“This next song is about a friend of ours that was stolen away from us far too soon, way back then,” Bono said. “And I’m sure a lot of people here at Bonnaroo have had a similar experience. Tonight, we want to sing it for Lily Cornell. Her dad had an epic heart.”

Bono also had a joke to make about the similarity between his name and Bonnaroo’s:

What an extraordinary thing Bonnaroo is. Thank you for naming it after me.

Find pictures of U2’s set in the gallery above, and the full setlist below.

Before U2 took the stage at Bonnaroo, guitarist David “The Edge” Evans was honored with the Les Paul Foundation’s second annual Les Paul Spirit Awards. The Tennessean reports on The Edge’s acceptance speech:

After accepting the award,The Edge told the audience he “didn’t hesitate for a split second” when it was offered to him.

“Because Les Paul, as you’ve just heard, is without a doubt, a man after my own heart. An innovator. An incredible inventor. An original.”

Paul was a pioneer in multi-track recording and tape echo – techniques Edge used to create one-man soundscapes like the one heard in the U2 classic “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The award was presented on what would have been Paul’s 102nd birthday.

“I was just researching a little bit of his early music, and I came upon this early track, ‘Josephine,’ which one of the b-sides of his more successful songs, and it literally could have come out of the U2 studio,” Edge said.

“It’s Les playing with echo, and the only difference is he invented the slapback tape echo that he was using. So I owe a great debt of gratitude, not only for the contributions he made to music, but in terms of his contribution to the technology. You know, I use the guitars that Les pioneered and designed. I use effects that he invented. Multitrack recording probably wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Les. So I just want to honor him tonight with my presence, and with these words, to say a great thank you to Les Paul, and the foundation for continuing that work.”

Along with the award, a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and the Bonnaroo Works Fund will be made in The Edge’s name to the charity of his choice.

Some pictures from the award ceremony are in the gallery above, as well.

Pictures from Thursday at Bonnaroo are HERE, and Friday HERE. Bonnaroo is also currently streaming online.

U2 @ Bonnaroo, 6/9/2017 – Setlist
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Where the Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers of the Disappeared
Beautiful Day
Elevation
Vertigo
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
One

photos by Dana Distortion

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