Sting Reopens Paris Theater Bataclan Nearly One Year After Terrorist Attack

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Just one day before the anniversary of the terrorist attack on Paris’s Bataclan theater, Sting performed at its reopening Saturday night (Nov. 12, 2016), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The crowd was reportedly subdued as the singer took the stage at 9 p.m. to honor the victims of last year’s attack.

“We’ve got two important things to do tonight.  First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago and to celebrate the life and music of this historic venue,” he told the crowd in French.

After a moment of silence, Sting sang his 1988 song Fragile, which contains the lyrics “Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could.”

He also dedicated one song, “Fifty Thousand,” to all the musicians that have passed away this year. “David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Lemmy… and Leonard.” He added the last name after the fans shouted “Leonard Cohen!” at the stage.

Even though filming is technically not allowed at the Bataclan, fans shared moments from the concert anyway.

The BBC’s Nick Garnett said Sting transformed the theater back into a concert venue.

Sting himself also shared a photo from the concert on his Instagram.