U2 Plays Paris Concert Delayed By Terror Attacks

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eagles of Death Metal Joins U2 at HBO-Taped Paris Concert.

PARIS — If the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris marked “the first direct hit on music,” as U2 frontman Bono previously said, the band’s concert in Paris on Monday, joined by Eagles of Death Metal, proved rock n’ roll was more alive than ever. The U2 Paris concerts were originally scheduled for Nov 14 and 15, and were postponed after coordinated attacks on the French capital killed 130 on Nov 13.

The second, which is tonight, will also be broadcast on HBO as “U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris.” Never ones to shy away from having special guests join them onstage, the Irish band welcomed legendary rocker Patti Smith last night to perform her 1988 single “People Have the Power” (see video above). We have a few words to speak on the loss you are feeling tonight, I guess grief is like a wound that never closes.” Earlier, U2 had said on their website: “We’re back in Paris and it’s great to be here. In a statement released to the cable network, Bono said of the rescheduled shows: “So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of Nov. 13 is irreplaceable.

EODM’s widely-anticipated presence in Paris, which remains in a state of emergency due to high terrorist threat, is seen as a strong symbol of resistance, defiance as well as solidarity towards Parisians. EODM’s singer Jesse Hughes declared in a recent interview with Vice that he wanted EODM “to be the first band to play at the Bataclan when it opens back up. I want to go back there and live. (…) Music is what we do, it’s our lives and there’s no way we’re not going to keep doing it.” As with Sunday, the show kicked off with “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).

Many fans commented that showing up at the concert was symbolic and an important way for Paris to move on from what happened just over three weeks ago while others said they were not scared. Thank you for welcoming us back and allowing us to tell you a little bit about our lives at a time when your lives have been turned upside down.” U2’s frontman said Sunday the band “(stood) together with the families who have lost lives here in Paris, San Bernardino, in Damascus and Beirut. I am still feeling it and I was 14 when my mother left me but she left me as an artist and this wound became an opening into another world and I found these three (pointing to his band).

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