Bono Dedicates ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ to Ireland’s Marriage Equality Victory at Phoenix Concert: VIDEO


U2 frontman Bono celebrated Ireland’s s strong vote in favor of marriage equality with a heartfelt nod to his homeland while performing “Pride (In the Name of Love)” at a concert in Phoenix over the weekend.

"It's a moment for us to thank the people who brought peace to our country, who had the courage to compromise in Ireland,” said Bono. “Now we turn this into prayer…no greater love. Dr. King we need you now more than ever.”

Ahead of the marriage referendum vote, Bono told the Irish Times "Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion… It is owned by the people. They can decide. It's not a religious institution." The band also sent posted the below photo on its Instagram page:


Watch U2‘s heartfelt performance of “Pirde (In the Name of Love)”,  AFTER THE JUMP



  1. MaryM says

    Maybe he should start paying tax in Ireland now – U2 are reviled in their homeland for their tax-dodging ways.

  2. jamal49 says

    @MARYM Dry up. You must be one of the most bitter and unhappy people on this planet. It must really suck to be you.

  3. castaway says

    Considering that was from Arizona, I’d have to say the audience reaction was the best to be expected. Seemed like he had to ask for it. But maybe the audio didn’t pick it up. Likely the younger crowd was cheering. Kudos to Bono & U2! In the name of love, indeed!

  4. Jack M says

    U2 hasn’t been an exciting band since Achtung Baby. Time for them to retire.

  5. Jeffrey says

    Still a very powerful voice and top listened to rock band, he is sending a powerful message and taking a stand, and we still need that message stated.

    I haven’t liked them very much since Achtung either, but I’ll take the support anywhere I can find it.

    Thank you Bono and U2!

  6. Stefan says

    To be fair he never explicitly referenced the marriage referendum, so many in the audience likely didn’t know what he was talking about.

  7. MaryM says

    Jamal49 – it’s not being bitter to point out facts – U2 are reviled in their homeland because of their tax dodging.

  8. Mr Eric G. Osterberg says

    Congratulations for supporting Marriage Equality, soon to be the law of the land in the U.S.A.!