NEW YORK | For more than three decades, beloved U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan has kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just hours after U2 kicked off the Los Angeles leg of their final tour. But the promoters vowed that the shows would continue in his memory and that they would stick to the schedule.
“Dennis always had the band on stage, pretty much on time. We’re going to make sure we do that tonight, in his memory,” Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel said on Wednesday. “That’s absolutely what he would have wanted.”
Sheehan, in his late 60s, died at a hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on Wednesday, a day after the band launched a five-night stay in the Los Angeles area.
U2 frontman Bono released a statement on the band’s website honoring Sheehan.
“We have lost a family member, we continue to take him,” Bono wrote. “He wasn’t just a legend in the music world, he was a legend in our band. He’s irreplaceable.”
Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Chris Reade said first responders were called around 5:30 a.m. to report a man in cardiac arrest. Sheehan was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Irish quartet performed their “Innocence & Experience” tour at the Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday, the first of five nights in the Los Angeles area.
“With deep sadness, we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, longtime U2 tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away,” Fogel said. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wonderful family.”
The death in the U2 camp comes after other recent setbacks for the group. Bono crashed his bike in New York’s Central Park late last year, suffering multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow. Doctors called it a “high-energy bicycle accident” and the singer underwent surgery.
Guitarist The Edge suffered a less severe fall when he fell off stage towards the end of a gig in Vancouver, where the band kicked off their tour earlier this month. The Edge then joked about the fall.
And the band’s latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence’, was met with criticism last year when it was bundled free on iTunes by Apple and went on sale a few weeks later. It was nominated for Best Rock Album at the Grammy Awards in February.