U2 cancel Paris show after attacks

The Edge, from left, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

The Edge, from left, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.


Irish rock band U2 canceled a Paris concert planned for Saturday following a series of attacks in the French capital which killed more than 120 people.

“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned,” the group wrote on their website late Friday.

The band, one of the world’s most celebrated music groups, added they were “fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time,” along with the promoters and the HBO television network which had planned a live broadcast of the concert.

U2 already had performed in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday, and another show has been planned for Sunday, although it is uncertain whether that performance will go ahead.

U2 members say they watched in shock and disbelief at the unfolding events and were devastated by the loss of life at the concert held by Eagles of Death Metal, one of several sites in the city that was violently attacked.

U2 members say: “We hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

HBO had planned to televise the band’s performance. It says it will replace the planned show with the film “Jersey Boys.”

The statement was posted on the www.U2.com website.

A wave of coordinated attacks, including shootings, explosions and a hostage taking at a music concert, left more than 120 people dead throughout Paris on Friday.


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