Watch U2 Honor B.B. King In Concert
The rock band, who toured and recorded with the late blues legend in the '80s, played "When Loves Come To Town" (reportedly for the first time in 23 years). "This is a very special occasion for anyone who loves the blues," Bono shared with the crowd. "For this is the day that the world got to say goodbye to the great B.B. King. That is a special occasion indeed."
In addition to remembering King, during Friday's show Bono also poked fun at The Edge, who had fallen off the stage the night before on the tour's opening night. He had some fun at his bandmate's expense, according to Rolling Stone. He reportedly told the crowd, "Somebody said that The Edge had downloaded himself into the audience without asking permission, I thought that was great." At the end of the set, Bono put his arm around the guitarist. "I think we should walk with the Edge," he said.
U2 join a long list of artists who have paid tribute to King, including John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and more.
Also on Friday night, King was also remembered at the Memphis Grizzlies game, where a "moment of song" was held in his honor at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, according to SI.com.
"In the spirit of music that he personified - all heart, soul and blues - we offer not a moment of silence but ask you to join us in a moment of song in honor of our friend, B.B. King," the announcer told the crowd. King's track "Why I Sing The Blues" was played in his honor.