U2 announced that the band would not proceed with their Paris concert which was scheduled for tonight (Nov. 14, 2015) at the Bercy Arena following Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in France.
CNN reports that 129 people were killed in the attacks and that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.
France has vowed revenge for the attacks. President Francois Hollande deemed the shootings and bombings “an act of war.” He said early Saturday, “We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless.”
U2 was rehearsing in Paris, less than three miles away from Le Bataclan concert hall, where terrorists opened fire on music fans attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert Friday.
The band was slated to perform on Saturday as part of their Innocence + Experience tour, but have since rescinded the show, as Paris is in lockdown. Emphasizing that canceling the concert was not the band’s idea, lead singer Bono said to Irish DJ Dave Fanning in a radio interview:
“Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans. If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”
Bono and his bandmates also visited and left flowers at a memorial next to Le Bataclan theater in Paris on Saturday.
While Paris is still reeling from a night of deadly terror attacks, one pianist has returned to the site of the bloodiest violence, where he sat and played John Lennon’s “Imagine” for the crowd, the Associated Press reports.