U2 to close world tour in Paris

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

An emotion-filled night as U2 return to home town.

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.Irish rock band U2 set early December dates for concerts in Paris on Monday, after canceling two earlier performances following the attacks by Islamic State militants that took 130 lives.

It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows.” Tickets for the cancelled 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. U2 said they hoped to reflect the indomitable spirit of the city with their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS” special, which will be filmed live and broadcast by cable TV channel HBO. They have now re-booked the two shows for December 6 and 7 at the Accorhotels Arena, with the second show set to air on HBO, as had been planned for November 14 prior to the cancellations.

The Paris stop on U2’s Innocence + Experience Tour had been scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15, but the band called off the shows after the attacks, during which terrorists killed more than 100 people, the majority of them attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. Shortly after those attacks, Bono noted that “This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it’s called.

And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.” The band since paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at their show in Belfast, projecting the words ‘Stronger Than Fear’ and an image of the Eiffel Tower as part of their stage backdrop. There was a sense of nostalgia about this show; firstly it’s a staggering 26 years since the band played indoors in Dublin, in the same venue then called the Point Depot on the Rattle + Hum tour in December 1989 – famously, at the second-last of that series of concerts, Bono announced that the band would be going away” to “reinvent themselves” – which led them down the high-tech path which led to PopMart style extravaganzas. It was just after 8.30pm when Bono strolled down the catwalk which ran the length of the venue to enormous cheers from the fans – many of whom had travelled from overseas to see the Irish band on their home patch. This could be me at a show, you at a show, in that venue.” Tour promoter Arthur Fogel, also in a statement, said, “The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honour the commitment to their audience.” And the show was a mixture of new material from ‘Innocence + Experience’ mixed with familiar old classics including I Will Follow and Sunday Bloody Sunday.

We’re kind of out of that scenario, but we would like to see artists get paid.” “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more. Although the set was pared-back, the high-tech spectacle still wowed the crowd. 3-D images floated above the audience, flashing images from Belfast and from Bono’s childhood home on Cederwood Avenue.

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