U2 return to Paris for concert called off after terrorist attacks

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Eagles of Dying Metallic return to Paris for the primary time since Bataclan assault.

U2 returned to Paris on Sunday night to play the first of two shows that had been postponed in the wake of the November 13th terrorist attacks around the city that left 130 people dead, including 89 at the Bataclan, a music hall where the American band Eagles of Death Metal was playing when it was stormed by gunmen.will perform its Innocence + Experience concert live Monday in a HBO broadcast in Paris, less than a month after a scheduled Paris concert that the group was planning was postponed when terrorist attacks in the city left more than a hundred dead.

Names of Paris attack victims were projected on a huge video screen in the arena on the east side of the French capital, not far from the site of the Nov. 13 rampage. The AccorHotels Arena is on the banks of the Seine in the Bercy area, near the trendy 11th district, where terrorists targeted the Bataclan and pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Bono wrapped himself in a French tricolor flag for the encore, in which he sang a verse from French crooner Jacques Brel’s “Ne me quitte pas,” or “Don’t Leave Me.” “We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris. U2 helped the Californian band in the aftermath of the attacks, including buying the rockers new phones since their phones had been left inside the venue.

The Irish rock group was set to perform Nov. 14 at the AccorHotels, which HBO was going to tape live to air delayed in the U.S. for a prime-time special the following Sunday. The rest of the encore included the band’s early anthems Beautiful Day, Bad, and One, which was modified to include the chorus from another U2 song Invisible: “There is no them. He broke down as he spoke of the selflessness of those caught up in the horror, including 36-year-old merchandise manager Nick Alexander, from Colchester, Essex, who was killed. The band touched on other highly charged topics in Sunday’s show, with references to HIV, the war in Syria and the European migrant crisis, displaying the hashtag #refugeeswelcome on large screens at one point.

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