U2 and Jay-Z pay tribute to dead New Zealand mine workers

Both acts dedicate songs to the 29 dead

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U2 and Jay-Z have paid tribute to the 29 workers killed by an explosion in a New Zealand coal mine.

Both acts honoured those lost in the blast at the Pike River mine on the South Island on Wednesday (November 24), during a gig at Auckland‘s Mt. Smart Stadium last night (25).

“People have ways of dealing with grief, in Ireland we sing,” Bono told the crowd as the band launched into ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and a rare outing for 1987’s ‘One Tree Hill’.


The names of the 29 dead miners scrolled across big screens as the band performed the two crowd favourites, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Earlier Jay-Z, supporting the band on their tour of the country, paid his respects by dedicating ‘Young Forever’ to the miners. “They will always be in our hearts and they will always be forever young,” he said.

The dead miners, which included 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons and a South African, died after a second explosion on Wednesday. They became trapped after an initial blast in the mine last Friday.


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