U2 took time out of their Las Vegas concert to pay tribute to the Israelis murdered by Hamas terrorists at a music festival over the weekend, changing several lyrics in their hit song “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” to honor them.
During their performance, lead singer Bono recognized the 260 young festival goers killed at the Tribe of Nova trance music event on Saturday.
“In the light of what’s happened in Israel and Gaza, a song about non-violence seems somewhat ridiculous, even laughable,” Bono told the crowd. “But our prayers have always been for peace and for non-violence.”
In the light of what’s happened in Israel and Gaza, a song about non-violence seems somewhat ridiculous, even laughable, but our prayers have always been for peace and for non-violence…
But our hearts and our anger, you know where that’s pointed. So sing with us… and those… pic.twitter.com/S1zfCMNtzz
— U2 (@U2) October 9, 2023
“But our hearts and our anger, you know where that’s pointed. So sing with us. And those beautiful kids at that music festival,” he added, sounding emotional and on the verge of breaking down.
He then proceeded to change the first few lyrics of the popular song.
“Early morning, October 7th,” Bono sang. “As the sun is rising in the desert sky. Stars of David, they took your life. But they could not take your pride.”
The audience joined in when he got to the chorus, “In the name of love,” and they chimed in, “What more in the name of love.”
“Pride” was originally written to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., referencing his assassination on April 4, 1968, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
On Saturday, nearly 1,000 Israelis were murdered, and more than 2,600 people were injured in the terrorist attacks. More than 100 more were kidnapped, with an unknown number of Israelis being held hostage, the New York Times reported.