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U2 lay wreaths in Paris as gigs cancelled

RTE, November 14, 2015


U2 have cancelled their concerts due to take place this weekend in Paris in response to continuing security concerns after Friday night's mass shooting at an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Dozens of victims were held hostage and later killed at the Bataclan theatre, roughly three miles from the Bercy Arena where the U2 concerts were due to take place.

On Saturday evening, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen placed a series of wreaths and floral tributes close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall, where some 87 people lost their lives.

After placing their floral tributes at the makeshift shrine to victims, the band stayed for a few minutes to reflect and read written tributes left by others.

Following an interview earlier with 2fm's Dave Fanning, it was confirmed that both Paris dates have been cancelled. During the interview, Bono stated the band's strong desire to return to Paris.

He stated that those are behind the attacks "are not going to change us," however it is "up to the French authorities and the city of Paris" to determine when the rescheduled concerts may take place.

U2, along with HBO - who were due to live broadcast the first show - intend to reschedule the concert at an appropriate time. RTÉ was also due to broadcast a recording of the Paris concert later this month.

According to Reuters 128 people were fatally injured as a result of the attacks in Paris and a further 99 people remain in a critical condition.

The Eagles of Death Metal, who played at Dublin's Olympia theatre earlier this week (see pic below), stated on Facebook: "Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."

In a statement released at 2.30 am on U2's official website the band commented: "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."

(c) RTE, 2015.

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