Watch | U2 Honor Chris Cornell at Joshua Tree Tour Performance

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The two biggest music stories this week were U2’s Joshua Tree tour playing two sold-out shows at the historic Rose Bowl in Los Angeles and the death of singer Chris Cornell so it’s no surprise that the two converged over this past weekend. 

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The Irish band’s retrospective 30th anniversary album tour features the landmark The Joshua Tree being played front-to-back, and book-ended by an introductory set of fan favorites and a lengthy encore complete with Bono’s trademark running commentary and impromptu a cappellas, including “City of Stars” from La La Land (during “Beautiful Day”). 

U2 also honored Cornell, the late Soundgarden singer who died of an apparent suicide after playing a concert in Detroit earlier in the week.

“For the lion that was Chris Cornell, tonight we send a prayer to his lioness, to Vicky,” said Bono, who dedicated “Running to Stand Still” to the fellow ’90s rock star. Watch it below: 

U2 also played Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” over the loud speaker prior to the concert’s start.