Watch U2 Perform ‘People Have the Power’ in Paris With Patti Smith

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

HBO to air U2 live performance from Paris on Monday night time.

PARIS: Irish rock band U2 paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks on their return on Sunday to France, where two concerts had been cancelled following the shootings. 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.Patti Smith, not the rumored Eagles of Death Metal, was the surprise guest joining the band U2 on stage Sunday at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, in a makeup concert following one postponed from the day after last month’s terror attacks. I think we’re actually starting the process of resistance, of defiance against this movement,” he said, referring to the Islamic State group that carried out the attacks. “Every time I get lost down these ancient streets, I find myself again.

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. 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. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight’s show.” The Italian news agency ANSA had reported on Dec. 1 that legendary punk-poet Smith would be U2’s guest at Sunday’s show, but this was not widely picked up by American media.

She had performed two songs with U2 at the band’s London O2 Arena concert on Oct. 29, reprising one of them, her 1988 “People Have the Power,” at the end of Sunday’s show, according to Diffuser.fm and fan videos posted after the concert. I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender.” The song also touches on the refugee crisis, with a lyric mentioning the young Syrian boy photographed dead on a Turkish beach earlier this year: “Everybody’s crying about some kid that they found lying on a beach, born in a manger.” “It seemed like the target was culture and every kind of expression of the best of humanity: great music, restaurants, French food – everything that we hold dear,” said The Edge of this month’s attacks, which hit several restaurants and bars as well as the Bataclan music venue. With France in a state of emergency, there was a military presence on the streets walking around carrying machineguns and wearing uniforms, and police were also armed. And bringing fans closer to the action, t he band have already begun to tee up the anticipated Monday night performance by asking them to post questions on social media which they will answer before the show. 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.

Hughes 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 H.I.V., the war in Syria and the European migrant crisis, displaying the hashtag #refugeeswelcome on large screens at one point. Stephane Le Bozec, 47, who drove more than five hours from the Brittany region to be in Paris for the concert, said that the idea of not attending never crossed his mind, “not for a second.” He added: “We’re not afraid.

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