U2 pay tribute to their Kiwi roadie 'Greg Carroll' during their Auckland shows

goss 11/11/2019

Irish rockers U2 have paid tribute to their late Kiwi roadie Greg Carroll while performing at Auckland's Mt Smart Arena.

The band first met Greg Carroll in 1984 when they performed their first concert in Auckland.

He then becomes a member of their crew, forming close bonds with the band, even being part of the on-stage crew for the band’s iconic 1985  Live Aid performance. 

A year later, Carroll tragically died in a motorbike accident in Dublin. He was just 26 years old. 

The band would pen the hit 'One Tree Hill' from The Joshua Tree in his honour, which they performed for the Mt Smart audience. 

"We sort of adopted him, or perhaps it was the other way around,” Bono told the crowd before the performance.  

"But we were very grateful for his companionship over those precious times together. He was taken from us too soon, but in a certain way, he’s still very present. So this is for Greg Carroll."

Watch a snippet of the tribute above.