U2 performs a month later after their performance was cancelled in November due to terrorist attacks.
U2 was scheduled to perform on 14th and 15th November in Paris but the performances were cancelled. The terrorist attacks that killed at least 130 and injured hundreds more in the French capital left the city in despondence and sorrow.
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U2 was also in the city for their scheduled performance on the 15th of November. The Eagles of Death Metal were playing that night. U2 were among the people that paid their respects and placed flowers on the pavement near the scene of the Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack. U2 however was not going to take no for an answer and the band performed this Sunday in the beautiful Paris.
AccorHotels Arena was lined with police cars that were a harsh reminder of the unfortunate attacks on the concert hall three weeks ago. However Parisians gathered en masse to see the band perform. The venue was full despite the extensive security checks. Fans sang and shouted as Bono said "Vive la France” kicking off the concert.
The band performed and dedicated songs to Paris. They said that "we are all Parisians," and also "If you love liberty, Paris is your hometown". They also dedicated a song to the victims of the San Bernadino shooting, attacks in Beirut and in general all those hostage of an ideology.
There was also a song about refugees. Bono recollected that what the people wanted? A Europe closed on its heart or open to compassion and mercy?
There was a rumor that The Eagles of Death Metal were going to be opening for the band. The rumors were shot down by U2 saying that the band will not be opening for them. That didn’t mean that Eagles of Death Metal were not in attendance. They enjoyed the show from the first row.
The names of the Paris attack victims were projected on a video screen placed in the arena at the end of the concert when Bono sang a few words from Jacques Brel's "Ne me quitte pas.”