Band is “devastated” as is the rest of the world…
By Blurt Staff
“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.
“Speaking from Paris the band said:
“’We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.
“‘We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.
“‘And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.’”
(via @U2 fan site] On Saturday the band visited the Bataclan club site where the main attack took place, observing the memorials that had been placed there. And Bono, speaking with RTE2FM’s Dave Fanning, described what happened Friday night; at the time, U2 was rehearsing at Bercy Arena, not far from the Bataclan club: “They locked it down pretty quickly and we got our team and our crew out of there safely. We came to the back door of the hotel. Everyone congregated and watched the TV like everybody else in disbelief with what was happening. We’re all safe … Really our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles Of Death Metal fans, and if you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so called war on terror. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me, and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing, and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.
“We didn’t call [our concerts’ off. It was cancelled, honest, and I understand perfectly why. I think music is very important. I think U2 has a role to play, and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play. And that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda, they will not organize our lives for us. I remember U2 was the first big act back into New York after 9/11. We played Madison Square Garden, and the feeling of Madison Square Garden was just unbelievable, and the feeling was just this is who we are, you can’t change us. You’re not gonna turn us into haters or you’re not gonna turn us around in the way we go about our lives. That was the feeling of Madison Square Garden back then, and I hope that will be the feeling at Bercy when we get back there.
“They [the terrorists] hate all the things that we love. This is an illness that’s in the world now and we just can’t give into it, and try to be sympathetic to the people who are fallen prey to this illness and of course we should love our enemies and all of that. They are victims too. But, we can’t have them decide how we live.”