U2 Paris Concert and HBO Special Canceled Amid Deadly Attacks

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Update 12:50 p.m. U2’s Saturday and Sunday night Paris concerts have been cancelled in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks that have left over 100 dead.

The Nov. 14 and 15 shows were set to take place at the Bercy Arena, which is roughly just three miles from the Bataclan theater, the concert venue where dozens of hostages were held captive, before being killed Friday.

HBO had plans to air a concert special from the scheduled Saturday night performance, which was planned as part of the Irish rock band’s current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. The special was announced this summer. Now, the feature film “Jersey Boys” has replaced the show on HBO’s schedule.

Friday night, the band posted this statement on their 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. 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.”

Shortly before Paris fell under attack, U2 frontman Bono posted a self-taped video on the band’s Facebook page, promoting the HBO special. Since, thousands of fans have commented with differing perspectives — some have urged U2 to still perform, as they’ll bring happiness to concert-goers in the city, while others have pleaded for the band to cancel the show, in respect of the horrific events.

UPDATE: On Saturday, the band revised the statement on their website to reflect that the Sunday concert would be canceled as well.

As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th 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.

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  1. Siobhan says:

    In a way the terrorists have won a small victory at too high of a cost of lives. They wanted terror in Paris-they have it. They wanted the country too close all of its borders, to have no museums, restaurants, galleries, shops, exhibits, sightseeing, tourism, etc. and they have that as well. Just as they planned to keep Paris in a grip of fear. Knowing that’s the only thing that the French authorities could do in order to keep their citisens safe.

    America sends this message to you brave citizens of France. Do not give into the fear and hysteria of the moment. Give a clear message to this cowards who would perpetrate violence on innocent men, women and children. Stand tall and do not hide from them like frightened children hiding from a thunderstorm. Keep your businesses, stores, galleries, etc. running like normal. Show them that the French will stand up and say “NO MORE, WE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO RUN OUR LIVES-WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN FROM YOU EVER.” We from the few cities that have suffered major terrorist attacks -New York, Boston, London stand with you in this time of crisis. VIVA LA FRANCE!!!!

  2. james says:

    they won

  3. Arnie Tracey says:

    Good call, U2/HBO.

  4. Elisar says:

    canceling the rest of the U2 tour in Paris is a big win to the Terror – life must go on!!!

  5. Ben says:

    I think postponing the concert is the best possible option during this terrible violence. An event as big as a U2 concert would only offer more opportunities for the city of Paris to suffer.

    “Earlier this month, HBO aired a U2 documentary, revolving around the tour.”

    Correction: The Innocence & Experience Tour documentary has NOT aired as originally scheduled. It does not have a firm release date yet and is apparently waiting for U2’s final shows of the tour in Dublin before the documentary is completed and aired on HBO.

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