Bono was having dinner at a restaurant in Nice, France when the Bastille Day attack happened.
Even a world-famous rock star humanitarian can end up being the butt of a neighborhood joke from time to time.
Whether you've been with U2 since their post-punk beginnings or first heard of them when you deleted 'Songs of Innocence' from your iPhone, their legacy is secure.
The U2 frontman said, "I've played at being a rock 'n' roll star, but I'm really not one. David Bowie is my idea of a rock star."
Bono spent Christmas Eve the same way he has almost every year since 2009: amid the twinkle of a thousand camera flashes while busking on Dublin's Grafton Street.
“If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans,” Bono said. “It’s very upsetting. These are our people.”
The band, who were in Paris during the horrific terrorist attacks on Friday, have called off the event as a result of the tragedy.
After releasing a pair of offbeat and avant garde albums in the mid-'90s, U2 returned to anthemic rock and mainstream adoration thanks in part to one "Beautiful Day."
U2 emerged out of Ireland with their debut in 1980 and the only thing bigger than their sound was their potential.
U2 have been performing "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" for the better part of 30 years, but at a recent gig in Chicago, they gave it an update for 2015.