Tuesday 28 March 2017

In Pictures: Sting reopens the Bataclan with emotional gig one year on from Paris terror attacks

People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.

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Sting has reopened the Bataclan concert hall in Paris a year after terrorists killed 90 people at the venue.

The venue was one of the places Islamic terrorists targeted in co-ordinated attacks in the French capital on 13 November, 2015. Armed jihadists from the so-called Islamic State had detonated bombs outside the Stade de France and a busy area full of bars and restaurants earlier in the night, before heading to the Bataclan.

Rock star Sting reopens the Bataclan on November 12, the revered Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.
Rock star Sting reopens the Bataclan on November 12, the revered Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Around 1,500 people were watching U.S. rockers Eagles of Death Metal when the gunmen burst in last year.

Sting opened his hour-long emotional set on Saturday with a minute of silence in remembrance of those killed in the attack. The venue fell quiet, with Sting lowering his head. He then softly launched into his song Fragile, singing the lyrics, "Nothing comes from violence and nothing will."

People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
Members of French Civil Protection stand at the entrance of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a few hours before the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People leave the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, after the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People gather around flowers and candles laid next to the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a few hours before the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
Rock star Sting reopens the Bataclan on November 12, the revered Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.
People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People attend the concert of British musician Sting (C), at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a concert marking the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
Rock star Sting reopens the Bataclan on November 12, the revered Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.
A placard reading " Bataclan. An affectionate thought for you my son, your father who loves you" is hung around a tree near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, prior to the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People leave the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, after the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.

He wrote a message of support on Instagram after the gig, alongside a shot of him performing at the venue. "In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile," Sting wrote. "First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents.

"In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”

Sting has said all proceeds from the show would be donated to Life for Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternite Verite, two organisations supporting the victims of the attacks and their families.

Survivors and family members of those who died in the Bataclan were among the 1,000-strong crowd, and were seated in balconies overlooking the pit. However, many of the seats were empty, CNN reports.

People leave the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, after the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.
People leave the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, after the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks.

The singer dedicated his track 50,000 to David Bowie, Prince, Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Leonard Cohen and the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, all of whom died in the past year.

All of the 130 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in Paris will be remembered in a series of events over the weekend. A memorial service was held outside the Bataclan on Sunday at 11am.

The venue will open again on Wednesday for a series of concerts by rocker Pete Doherty, Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour and Marianne Faithfull.

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