U2 Reschedule Postponed Paris Shows, Praise City’s Resiliency

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HBO’s U2 Paris Concert Special Rescheduled For Dec. 7.

In a heartfelt statement on their website, U2 have promised to “put on [their] best” during two rescheduled Paris shows: Sunday, December 6th and Monday, December 7th at Bercy’s Accorhotels Arena.From Dublin, Bono said the gunmen and bombers who killed 130 people “took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows.” Tickets for the canceled shows will be valid for the rescheduled dates, and the Dec. 7 show is due to be broadcast on HBO, like the first November show. The new plan for “U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris” will bump the planned premiere of “Very Semi Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonist.” That docu will now air at a later date. “So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable.

Alfano said the four were under investigation for “association for the purpose of terrorism, including international.” He said they were being expelled for reasons of state security. The International Tennis Federation says the Davis Cup final is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the terror alert in Belgium.

Ghent is about 56 kilometres from Brussels, which is on the highest state of alert because of what the Belgian government calls a “serious and imminent” threat. In a statement, the ITF says it is “taking every necessary step to ensure the safety” of those at the final, implementing additional security measures including a ban on fans carrying bags. The epic jaunt – named after their most recent LP, 2014’s Songs of Innocence, and a planned follow-up, Songs of Experience – has featured a mix of hits and classic deep cuts, with the quartet performing on a multi-stage set-up backed by LED screens. On November 14, Bono, guitarist The Edge and bass player Adam Clayton paid tribute to the attacks’ victims near the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites where dozens were killed.

Among other measures, Sapin also outlined a proposal to expand the authorities’ power to freeze the assets of suspects to include real estate and vehicles. On Sunday, French-Canadian singer Celine Dion delivered a delivered a poignant version of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne A L’amour” during the 2015 American Music Awards. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance, has adjusted operations at its headquarters in northeastern Brussels in light of the heightened terror alert proclaimed by Belgian authorities.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. A NATO official, who was not authorized to make public statements and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday some alliance staff members have been asked to work from home, and that external visits and visiting groups scheduled for the day had been cancelled. On Saturday, after Belgian authorities raised the alert level in the Brussels region to the maximum 4 rating, NATO staff members were advised to stay away from public transport and gatherings, the official said. The French performance contrasts with that of the 19-country eurozone, which according to Markit is expanding at the highest rate in four and a half years. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

Brussels remains at maximum alert over information about an “imminent threat,” possibly a series of co-ordinated attacks at different locations similar to those in Paris on Nov. 13. Despite the increased police and military presence, she wasn’t reassured. “I don’t think they really know what’s going on,” she said. “They released too many people after arresting them.” Salazar said she had to walk to work today because the subways weren’t running — and was late as a result. “I like to walk but it is nice to have the choice to take the Metro.” British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will seek parliamentary approval this week for Britain to join U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria. The decision to head to the Bataclan was not announced in advance and came amid tight security in both Paris and Brussels, home to many of the men identified as suspects in the Nov. 13 attack.

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