In reaction to the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, U2’s Bono dedicated the song “One” to all journalists at the band’s Friday night concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Five people were killed and two injured in the newsroom shooting.
“I wanna dedicate this next song to journalists, to reporters,” Bono said. “To people who, at their best, give us the very foundation of our democracy. They give us the facts, of which to form our opinions. They give us truths, to guide our understanding, and we need them. We need them! We need them to help us understand what’s goin’ on, and we need them to help us understand each other. I think that’s also true. We need writers, so we can focus on what unites us, rather than what divides us. … So, for the Capital Gazette … There is no them, there is only us. This is ‘One.’ ”
You can watch a video of the speech and the song, below.
The band performed at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday and Tuesday, as part of their Experience + Innocence Tour, and will perform one more show there, Sunday. Some tickets are still available, here.
Here is a link to my review of Monday’s show.
For more about the band, visit u2.com.
Thanks to Mitch Slater for posting this video to Facebook.