U2 Reschedules HBO Concert Special in Paris Following Terror Attacks
By Sophie Schillaci
U2's Paris concert and HBO special will go on.
The band was forced to cancel their planned iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE performance in the City of Light on Nov. 14 when, just one day earlier, a series of terror attacks unfolded throughout Paris. Now, U2 has rescheduled the televised show for Dec. 7 at the Accorhotels Arena, and it will air that same day on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, U2 will play an untelevised show at the same venue on Dec. 6.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," Bono said in a statement. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We're going to put on our best for Paris."
The band was in Paris earlier this month, even posting video from their rehearsals shortly before the terror attacks began. U2 later visited a memorial site near the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed on the day they had been set to perform.
"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 at the time. "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 Sunday's American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Celine Dionpaid tribute to the victims with a stunning performance of Edith Piaf's "Hymne a L'Amour." See the heartfelt moment, along with Jared Leto's moving introduction, in the player below.