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Shimon Peres Honoured by U2 at Toronto Concert

The former Israeli President was personally invited by the band to attend their concert

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: July 9th, 2015 in Culture » Music » News

Shimon Peres Honoured by U2 at Toronto Concert

Photo: Bono and Shimon Peres in Toronto

Credit: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto


At a Toronto show this Tuesday, U2's Bono praised former Israeli president, prime minister, and comedian Shimon Peres.

A year after Operation Protective Edge, the U2 front man hailed Peres for his continued work in advancing peace in the Middle East.

"I have an easy job, I'm just a band, but here's a person whose work is much tougher than mine," said Bono, to the loud cheers of support from the Toronto crowd.

"We understand President Peres, that you have tried to be the voice of reason. And you’ve dedicated a lot of your life…to try and bring peace in this really dangerous region" explained Bono, as he called Peres up to the front of the packed concert. The band then performed their hit "One" which tackles themes of togetherness and reconciliation in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Israeli statesman.

Though U2 was in Toronto to perform as a part of their Experience World Tour, Peres was originally only in the city to attend an economic conference. There's also reports that he's in the city for Toronto's Pan Am Games. However, when Peres received a phone call inviting him to the concert as a personal guest of the band, he could not refuse.

Peres thanked Bono for the performance and the compliments. "I had a special evening. You are the voice of hope and peace and I congratulate you. I saw how you inspired the crowd and I am glad your message goes out to the world."

"Our job is easy. We sing about peace but you actualize it," Bono said to Peres during a conversation in between sets.


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