U2 pay tribute
The 29 men who perished in the Pike River coal mine tragedy were honoured during the song One Tree Hill at the November 27 U2 concert, with their names listed on a massive stage screen above the stage at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. Lead singer Bono told fans he knew the country was struggling to cope with the coal mine disaster. “People have ways of dealing with grief, in Ireland we sing,” Bono said before launching into an emotional version of Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The men were trapped underground when an explosion rocked the Pike River colliery near Greymouth. A second blast on left no possibility of survival. During the show, hiphop mogul and supporting act Jay-Z dedicated a rendition of Forever Young to the mine victims, saying “they will always be in our hearts and they will always be forever young”. An all-day tribute concert, held in association with TNT Magazine, will also be held for the miners in London at the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout on December 4.