U2 Visits Memorial Site Near Paris Concert Hall, Bono Speaks Out: 'These Are Our People'
By Philiana Ng
After canceling two sold-out concerts in Paris in the wake of the tragic city-wide attacks, U2 visited a makeshift memorial site on Saturday near the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 87 people were killed while attending an Eagles of Death Metal show.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. placed flowers on the pavement near the Paris venue and paid respects to the more than 100 people who have died in the terrorist attacks in the French capital.
“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,” Bono said.
“It’s very upsetting. 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,” he continued.
Following the attacks, U2 canceled their two concerts at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on Saturday and Sunday, the first of which was to be broadcast live on HBO. Just hours before the heartbreaking attacks on Friday, the band had been at the venue rehearsing.
Though it is unclear when U2’s Paris shows will be rescheduled, Bono said the band will be forging on.
“Music is very important,” he said in the interview. “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.”
At least 127 people have been killed in the city-wide attacks, and hundreds more hospitalized. Among the victims are Universal Music Group executive Thomas Ayad and Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez. President Francois Hollande called the tragedy -- which ISIS has since claimed responsibility for -- “an act of war.”