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U2 announce dates for rescheduled Paris concerts

Published 23/11/2015 | 15:26

Irish band U2 (From L) lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall on November 14, 2015 in Paris
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Irish band U2 (From L) lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall on November 14, 2015 in Paris AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Left to right, Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 at the first of the band's homecoming gigs at the SSE Arena in Belfast
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U2 have announced their new Paris dates which will see them close their world tour in the City of Light.

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The band had to pull the plug on their November 14 and 15 Paris gigs in the wake of the terror attacks.

U2 have rescheduled the show in Stockholm for Tuesday
U2 have rescheduled the show in Stockholm for Tuesday

However, the band announced this afternoon they will play the two gigs on December 6th and 7th. 

ono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and the Edge were expected to re-schedule the two gigs at the AccorHotels Arena shortly after their Irish concerts.

Speaking before today's announcement, U2's RTE pal Dave Fanning said that he imagined that the dates will be rescheduled for sooner rather than later.

He also said the symbolic gesture would be a "lovely tribute" to the people of Paris. "It's all speculation, but I think it would be great. And I would be up for it. I don't know if it's going to happen but it's a lovely idea," he said.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and band members of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and band members of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Irish band U2 (From L) lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall on November 14, 2015 in Paris AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and band members of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and The Edge of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Irish band U2 (From L) lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall on November 14, 2015 in Paris AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and The Edge of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

"I had my tickets for the Saturday show in Paris. I was due to fly over on the Saturday morning with my wife and kids and then we were going to Disneyland Paris on the Monday.

"Obviously, that didn't happen, but I would love to see them reschedule it for next month."

However, he added that the decision was in the hands of the security forces.

"It's absolutely nothing to do with them [U2]. It's up to the police and the Government. U2 are so far down on the list of concerns at the moment with everything else that's going on," he said.

In an interview with Fanning, Bono said the band had a strong desire to return to Paris and that those behind the attacks "are not going to change us".

He added that it was "up to the French authorities and the city of Paris" to determine when the concerts may go ahead.

This Monday will see them take to the stage at the 3Arena for the first of four sell-out concerts. The curtain will come down on their Irish tour on November 28 - which was originally meant to be the last date in their tour.

When asked about reports that the band would shortly announce their postponed Paris tour, a spokesperson for the band said at this point it was all "speculation." "Nothing concrete has been confirmed yet," she said.

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