Update: A chance to film in Paris is closed. The Sunday concert was also cancelled. After leaving flowers at a curbside memorial U2 returned home.
The band U2 has made the following announcement:
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.
“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 tonight. 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”
U2 had been staging a few shows in France of its latest high-tech iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour and HBO was going to film live the concert as it played out at the AccorHotels Arena stage in Paris on Saturday, November 14. The shocking terrorist attacks in The City of Lights has put a halt to that and all large public gatherings for obvious security reasons.
What is to follow is unknown. Another concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 as well. Will the ban be lifted to allow that concert to play out? Will HBO film that performance if it happens and broadcast it at a convenient date? There are other dates on the Tour both in Berlin, Germany and Dublin, Ireland. Perhaps it could be filmed at one of those venues? We guess there could be a chance that the filming of the event might not happen at all now.
We will wait this one out and see if it is rescheduled, if not, all patriots worldwide understand the necessity of canceling the event in the shadow of this tragedy.