U2 Cancel Paris Concert, HBO Special In Wake Of Terrorist Attacks
UPDATE: U2’s shows at Bercy Arena have been rescheduled for Sunday, 12/6 and Monday, 12/7. The 12/7 event will be recorded and broadcast in America at 9PM EST on HBO.
U2 were scheduled to play Bercy Arena in Paris this Saturday and Sunday night, and Saturday’s show was to air on HBO in the US and Canada. But in light of Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks, the band have decided to cancel the concert on Saturday. According to a statement on their official website:
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. 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.”
No word yet on whether Sunday’s show is still happening.
UPDATE: Sunday’s show has also been canceled.
In addition, Coldplay have postponed tonight’s TIDAL concert livestream, which would have featured the band performing new material:
Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.
All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show, with details to follow soon.
For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we’ll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn’t wasted
We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.
The all-star climate change benefit event 24 Hours Of Reality And Live Earth, featuring performers including Pharrell, Elton John, Hozier, Jon Bon Jovi, Walk The Moon, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and Fall Out Boy, has also suspended its webcast. “Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours Of Reality And Live Earth,” reads a statement on the website. “Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured.”