Bono Responds to Paris Attacks: ‘This Is the First Direct Hit on Music’

Bono on Paris Attacks: 'This Is
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U2 frontman Bono has responded to the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed over 120 people, injured 350 more and prompted U2’s scheduled concert and HBO special to be canceled.

Bono spoke to Irish DJ Dave Fanning in a radio interview on Saturday and explained what he and his bandmates had gone through as they were rehearsing in Paris Friday night (via Rolling Stone).

“Our security locked it down pretty quickly and we got our team and our crew out of there safely,” Bono said. “We came to the back door of the hotel. Everyone congregated and watched the TV like everybody else in disbelief with what was happening. We’re all safe.”

He also took the opportunity to clarify that it wasn’t U2’s decision to cancel the concert.

 “We didn’t call it off,” Bono said. “It was canceled, honest, and I understand perfectly why … It’s up to the French authorities and the city to decide when we can go back.”

Bono then addressed the significance of the bulk of the fatalities occurring at a rock concert.

“Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans,” he said. “If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting.”

He added, “These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show, in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”

“Music is very important,” he went on. “I think U2 has a role to play and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us.”

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    1. Pádraig Ó Maoilstéighe says:

      Bono seems to forget or maybe he doesn’t that The Miami Showband was slaughtered by a loyalist murder gang in his own country.The leader of the gang was a British Army officer.

    2. durham kid says:

      BaseMikko – you sure got it right: we have a horrific act of terror, which has been condemned by the world but when Bono comments, all these losers use it as an excuse to air their dislike of him.

      Mongomery – maybe YOU are about you? Do you work to help the impoverished?

    3. BaseMikko says:

      My god the wankers certainly didn’t take long to come out the woodwork with their hate speil. Absolutely nothing wrong with Bono’s comments – it IS an attack on music – that’s one of the things these fundamentalist nutters cannot stand – people having FUN makes them go MENTAL. Montgomery, Harley Leiber, Bill Scott, Stuart – bitrter bitter bitter – what’s the matter? not getting yer hole ya muppets?!?

    4. Montgomery says:

      Bono is about Bono – now and forever. He has spent his career crying crocodile tears, speaking out on global subjects. Why? Ego! His ego. Bono is about Bono, and Bono is about ego.

    5. Harley Leiber says:

      Bono is an idiot. It was an attack on a dense congregation of people… not on music. Following Bono’s thinking one might argue that the first attack on music was actually at the Stones concert at Altamount Festival in CA in 1969. The Hells Angels, hired by the Stones, beat a kid to death. Was that an attack on music or kid? The kid.

    6. Bill Scott says:

      Bono,a half wit talking throughhis posterior..what a dick brain

    7. Lisa says:

      ‘This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it’s called.’ Why didn’t he identify them as Terrorists. Instead, he used the term ‘War on Terror’, which is odd. What he’s inferring is that this is a result of the War on Terror. Was that his aim? Not sure.

    8. stuart says:

      What a fawkin idiot. Last thing we need is another fawkin concert played by left wing socialists.

    9. rocco says:

      Buckaroo – good thought – now go enlist.

    10. Buckaroo Lennox says:

      Thank you Bono!!! My sentiments as well, except I want to hunt Isis down and shoot them in the face.

      • Great music appeals to the rational, reasonable, and the beautiful sides in ourselves. When music is choked out, tolerance is suffocated, and the Apocalypse a new kind of religion, then those people have checked out of the human race, and so they no longer belong in the human community.

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