One Direction Asks For a Moment of Silence During Concert to Honor Paris Terror Attack Victims

by Desiree Murphy 5:55 PM PST, November 15, 2015
Playing One Direction Asks For a Moment of Silence During Concert to Honor Paris Terror Attack Victims

One Direction paid their respect to the people of Paris, France, after more than 100 people died following city-wide terrorists attacks in the French capital on Friday.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan took the stage for their "London Sessions" concert in association with Apple Music on Saturday in London, England. Before beginning their set, they observed one minute of silence for Paris. They asked their audience of selected fans -- who were flown in from all over the globe to attend the intimate show -- to join them.

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The band issued a joint statement on Twitter prior to the concert.

"We would like to send our thoughts and condolences to those who have been affected by the heartbreaking tragedy in Paris this weekend," the screenshot of the iPhone note, signed by all four boys, read.

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They also took to their personal social media accounts after the heartbreaking attacks.

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"Thinking of everyone in Paris," Styles tweeted.

Tomlinson posted a similar message, tweeting, "Thoughts go out to everyone in Paris . #prayforparis."

"Thoughts and prayers for those people involved in the situation that has occurred in Paris this evening .. Very sad," Horan wrote.

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Payne also chimed in, tweeting, "The world just lost peace its a scary place and it's hard to take I really hope everybody is ok pray for France."

Following the show, the band's official Twitter account took to the social media site to share some highlights from the performance.

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While One Direction decided to continue on with their performance upon hearing the news, many bands and artists cancelled or postponed their scheduled shows, including U2, Foo Fighters, Simple Plan, Coldplay, Marilyn Manson and the Eagles of Death Metal, who were on stage when shootings began at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris. Watch the video below to hear more.