Friday 24 November 2017

‘Nothing will stop us from going back’ – Bono and the boys gear up for Paris gigs

2015:11:23 20:57:17Z: 8 U2 Dublin
2015:11:23 20:57:17Z: 8 U2 Dublin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Bono and U2 are gearing up for their rescheduled Paris gigs and have vowed that "nothing will stop" them from performing.

The band was rehearsing for the scheduled gigs in Paris on November 14 when the terror attacks  hit the city and 130 people were killed.

Undeterred by the terrorists U2 shortly afterwards rescheduled their gigs for December 6 and 7 at the Accor Hotels Arena in the city.

"They took a lot of lives we're not going to get back, but they're not going to change the character of the city of Paris," Bono told Associated Press.

When asked what people can expect from the gigs, he said, "Well, knowing our French audience and having a sense of them by now, i would say: joy as an act of defiance. 

"That's what U2 does, that's what French people want from us, and that's it."

Bono was also full of praise for rock band Eagles of Death Metal.  The band was performing at the teather Bataclan in Paris and many people were killed at the gig.

"We're very, very, of course, moved by the fact that our fellow troubadours, the Eagles of Death Metal, had such a hard time; they're an extraordinary, talented band," he said.

"They've been through the most ugly nightmare, and they have been very graceful about it."

Bono described the audience of U2's show as being like Edge, Larry Mullen, and his daughter and son before adding, "But we're going back.  Nothing will stop us from going back."

U2 were due to wrap up the European leg of their Innocence + Experience tour with their recent 3Arena Dublin gigs but will now end their run in Paris instead.

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