Friday 23 August 2019

Belfast's Stiff Little Fingers were determined the show must go on in Paris

Stiff Little Fingers perform in Paris
Stiff Little Fingers perform in Paris

The lead singer in a veteran Northern Ireland punk band who defied safety concerns to play in trouble-hit Paris has said he will never forget it.

The Stiff Little Fingers said their experience of the Troubles and bands not coming to their native Belfast during the conflict prompted their decision to carry on with the show.

A young Lebanese woman passed a note to the Belfast four-piece, who rose to prominence during the late 1970s, thanking them for their courage.

Band member Jake Burns told the Classic Rock website: "We didn't feel particularly courageous and I certainly felt the same about the audience. It was a night none of us will ever forget."

They performed at the Backstage by the Mill venue next to the Moulin Rouge.

Rock superstars U2 were among those to cancel high-profile gigs in Paris following terrorist attacks earlier this month which saw at least 129 killed and hundreds more injured.

The bloodiest attack came at the Bataclan theatre, where American rockers Eagles Of Death Metal were performing when gunmen stormed the venue.

The Stiff Little Fingers gig saw the four-piece walk onstage with black tape around their left arms, while guitarist Ian McCallum wore a shirt emblazoned with the city's name.

They formed in 1977 during the height of the Troubles.

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