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Bono has a message about the refugee crisis

U2 kicked off their European tour last night and Bono got political.

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BONO USED THE opening night of U2′s European tour to call for action on the refugee crisis.

The band were playing in Turin’s Pala Alpitour arena in Italy last night when the frontman sang, ”One boy washed up on an empty beach”, during Pride (In The Name of Love).

It was a reference to the death of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi who was found dead on a Turkish beach sparking worldwide headlines.

Bono addressed the migration crisis a number of times during the show, several times speaking to the crowd in Italian.

U2 The band play 34 dates across Europe with further shows expected to be added in Dublin. Source: Danny North

“I don’t know the answer to the refugee crisis in Europe and Africa, but I know we must work together to find an answer to the refugee crisis in Europe and Africa,” he said according to the Press Association.

“As Nelson Mandela said ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’.”

“What do you want? A Europe with its heart and borders closed to mercy? Or a Europe with its heart open?”

U2′s European tour began runs until 15 November by which time they’ll have played 34 shows across 10 cities.

The band announced earlier this year that they would also be playing dates in Dublin before Christmas. The details have not yet been finalised but it’s expected that the gig will be in the 3 Arena towards the end of November.

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Rónán Duffy

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