In the wake of the horrendous suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., earlier this week that left over twenty people, mostly young girls, dead, and dozens more wounded, many of the most music industry prominent names in the industry have rushed into to express their sincerest condolences to the victims and their families, as well as their outrage about what took place.
Irish rockers U2 was invited to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to help promote their ongoing Joshua Tree tour through the U.S., when the subject of the attack came up. “They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love, and the worst of humanity was on display in Manchester last night,” Bono said. “But so was the best… Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you.”
U2 are more than aware of how devastating an attack of this magnitude can be. The band was in Paris back in 2015 during the horrific Bataclan attack at an Eagles of Death Metal show that left 130 people dead. Bono personally bought the group new phones to contact their loved ones and offered up U2’s private plane to use. They returned to the city with that group months later with that band for an incredible cathartic performance of Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power.”
You can watch Bono’s comments above and the band’s performance of the song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” along with a choir, below.