Dennis Sheehan, tour manager to the band U2, passed away Wednesday morning from a massive heart attack at the age of 68. On U2’s website, the band discussed how they decided to perform that night to honor Dennis’ wish, that “the band not only played the show as scheduled, they performed with a singular passion.” Struck with the grief of losing someone so important to the band, the members of U2 sought spiritual guidance before going on stage for their concert that night. The person they called? Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, an evangelical Christian pastor, and author of the book The Purpose Driven Church.
The Blaze wrote that during the time Warren spent with the band members that night he discussed the “Choose Joy” story that “came from [Warren’s] son’s suicide in 2013-the idea that joy, rather than happiness, is possible even in the midst of tragedy.”
As the band members prepped to take the stage and honor someone who the band considered “a family member,” Warren asked them how they were going to play this concert when their hearts are “hurting.”
Bono’s answer: “We choose joy.”
Below is video footage from Wednesday’s concert when the band closed out the show with the song 40, honoring their lost “family member.”