The plight of Syrian refugees dominated the opening night of U2’s Innocence + Experience European tour leg Friday in Turin, Italy.
Bono dropped numerous hints about what has been going on throughout the show, but his message was loud and clear when the band added a portion of “Zooropa” at the beginning of “Where the Streets Have No Name.”
He sang, “And I have no compass and I have no map, And I have no reasons, no reasons to get back.” He then asked the audience: “What do you want? A Europe with its heart and its borders closed to mercy? Or a Europe with its heart open? What do you want? A place called home.”
During “Pride (In the Name of Love),” Bono sang about the Syrian boy who drowned fleeing his country when he changed a lyric to “One boy washed on an empty beach…”
At the end of the show, Bono said, “I don’t know the answer to the refugee crisis, but we must work together to find the answer.”
At Saturday’s show in Turin, the band brought up three audience members one on guitar and two on drums during “Desire.” Italian singer Zucchero joined them on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Up next is Amsterdam on Tuesday.