U2 Paid Tribute To Paris In Return Concert Last Night

U2 paid tribute to Paris victims Sunday night at the AccorHotels Arena but Eagles of Death Metal failed to join them onstage.

The Californian band, who were performing at the Bataclan concert hall when it was attacked in co-ordinated terrorist strikes, were rumoured to be special guests on the night.

U2 dedicated their performance to the victims of the Paris attacks as they took to the stage on Sunday night for the first of two re-scheduled concerts.

The Irish band had meant to be performing on November 14th and 15th but cancelled the gigs in the wake of the awful events of Friday, November 13th, where 130 people lost their lives, with 89 of the victims at the Bataclan.

Returning to the city a month later Bono sent a defiant message to the people of France.

"Vive La France. Tonight we are all Parisians, ce soir nous sommes tous Parisiens", U2 frontman Bono told the crowd.

The names of the victims appeared in blue, white, and red on the giant screen at the end of the concert in a touching tribute to those who died.

Patti Smith briefly joined the Irish rockers onstage to sing "People Have The Power".

In an interview ahead of the concerts, Bono said it was important for the band to return to the stage as soon as possible. “Terrorism relies on people being terrorized, and we were not going to be,” he said. “We felt the biggest and the only real contribution we can make at moment like that is to honour the people of Paris, who brought us the concept of liberté, égalité, fraternité.”

 

 

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