U2 sets new date for HBO concert in Paris

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HBO reschedules U2’s Paris concert for Dec. 7.

U2’s performances in Paris that were postponed because of the terrorist attacks on Nov. 13 have been rescheduled for Dec. 6 and 7, the latter to be cablecast worldwide by HBO. “So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable,” U2 lead singer Bono said in a statement. “For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. The band canceled the concert (also scheduled for Nov. 14) and the special following the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, which included an attack at the city’s Le Bataclan music video that left over 80 people dead. “If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans,” Bono told Irish DJ Dave Fanning the morning after. “This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror.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.

It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows.” The Foo Fighters, who canceled the remainder of their European tour following the attacks announced the release of a new five-song EP that includes a link to donate to the victims of the attack in Paris. The French Defence Ministry says it has launched its first airstrikes from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, bombing Islamic State targets in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul. It also includes a free download of “Saint Cecilia.” “Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world,” lead singer Dave Grohl wrote. “To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.” 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 telecast, “Innocence + Experience Live in Paris,” will be taped at Accorhotels Arena in Bercy, a neighborhood in Paris and air a few hours later in the U.S. The stadium, which holds more than 16,000 will obviously poses a significant security risk, but going on with the show sends a powerful message to those nabobs who hope stoke fear and silence peace (and music)-loving fans everywhere. 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 Dublin band, born in the crucible of violence that gripped Ireland in the 1970s and ‘80s, has long collaborated with other musicians, artists, celebrities, and politicians to address issues concerning poverty, disease, and social injustice. U2’s Innocence + Experience world tour, which kicked off with a May show in Vancouver, has featured multi-date residencies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and New York City before expanding into Europe.

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, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and bass player Adam Clayton paid tribute to the attacks’ victims near the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites where dozens were killed. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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. That’s why all these searches being conducted at the moment are important.” Security was extra tight in the European quarter of Brussels, especially around the EU institutions where ministerial meetings were going ahead as planned. Commuters said they understood Belgian authorities’ decision to keep the terror alert at its highest level for a third day running, but said the results gave the capital city an uneasy feeling. “It feels a bit like a dead city,” said Cedric Verschooten, a government worker who lives in Flanders and was in Brussels for meetings. 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.

Speaking in Paris on Monday after meeting French President Francois Hollande, Cameron said the two leaders agreed to increase counterterrorism co-operation after the attacks.

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