U2 Change "Pride" Lyrics to Honour People Killed in Hamas Attack at Israeli Music Festival

At least 260 people were killed at Saturday's Tribe of Nova EDM festival, making it the deadliest civilian massacre in Israel's history

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 9, 2023

Israel formally declared a state of war against Palestinian militant group Hamas yesterday (October 9). Amid their Las Vegas residency at the MSG Sphere, the orb continues to spin madly 'round for U2, who payed homage to the hundreds of civilian lives lost from the several deadly attacks over the weekend after the large-scale invasion and offensive Hamas launched from the Gaza Strip.

Taking place at the Re'im secular kibbutz near the Israel-Gaza border, this Saturday's (October 7) Tribe of Nova electronic music festival (also being referred to as the Supernova Sukkot Gathering) was the target of one of said attacks. At least 260 people were killed, making it the deadliest civilian massacre in Israel's history, as per the Associated Press.

U2 took to the spherical stage last night (October 8) to perform "Pride (In the Name of Love)" from their 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. Bono addressed the war with a plea for peace, nodding to the massacre at the Tribe of Nova festival before singing the song as a tribute.

"In the light of what's happened in Israel and Gaza, a song about non-violence seems somewhat ridiculous, even laughable, but our prayers have always been for peace and for non-violence," the frontperson said. "But our hearts and our anger, you know where that's pointed. So sing with us. And those beautiful kids at that music festival."

Bono proceeded to sing the following alternate lyrics: "Early morning, October 7 / As the sun is rising in the desert sky / Stars of David, they took your life / But they could not take your pride."

Watch a clip of the dedication below.

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