U2 Pays Tribute to Victims of Hamas Attacks in Las Vegas Concert
Posted on: October 9, 2023, 12:47h.
Last updated on: October 9, 2023, 12:47h.
During their concert at the Sphere at the Venetian in Las Vegas, U2 paid tribute to the victims of Hamas attacks by modifying the lyrics of their 1984 hit song “Pride (In the Name of Love).” The band honored the over 700 individuals who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.
The original version of the song was written as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King following his assassination in 1968. However, with the recent events involving Israel and Gaza, U2’s performance took on a deeply emotional significance.
The modified lyrics included:
“Early morning, October 7, the sun is rising in the desert sky.
Stars of David, they took your life, they could not take your pride.
Could not take your pride, could not take your pride
In the name of love.”
Lead singer Bono addressed the crowd, expressing the band’s prayers for peace and nonviolence. He mentioned the Supernova desert dance festival, where a tragic attack occurred, taking the lives of hundreds of attendees.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Venetian earlier on Sunday to show their support for Israel at the “Stand Up Against Terror. Stand With Israel” rally. The band has a history of paying tribute to victims, previously honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks during their 2001 tour.