It was the second night of their world tour and the devastating news, for U2, was that the man the band helped get new and deserved recognition for, their friend, B.B. King, was dead.
For frontman Bono, there really was nothing else to do.
That’s when love came to town. Or in this case, Vancouver.
"This is a very special occasion for anyone who loves the blues," Bono said, as the lights dimmed Friday night.
"For this is the day that the world got to say goodbye to the great B.B. King. That is a special occasion indeed."
Then, for the first time in 23 years, U2 launched into, "When Loves Come To Town.”
It’s the song that a bunch of Irish men wrote in the late 1980s when Bono was exploring U.S. music and originals, like Bluesman B.B. King.
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King, 89, died late Thursday of complications tied to his long battle with diabetes. His doctor said he had suffered a series of strokes, NME reports .
Rolling Stone writes : “Hearing the tune with Bono covering all of King's lines was a sad reminder that B.B. truly is gone.”
A fact that didn’t seem lost on Bono.
"Wow," Bono said as the song ended.
He then used a twist on another King classic to express his emotions.
"The thrill will never be gone."
B.B. King will be remembered this Saturday, May 23, his daughter, Claudette King, said over the weekend.