Saturday 17 August 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: Bono: this is the first direct hit on music we've had

U2 place flowers on the footpath outside the Bataclan theatre
U2 place flowers on the footpath outside the Bataclan theatre
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

The Paris attackers fired a "direct hit on music" when they targeted a packed venue full of young people enjoying a rock concert, according to U2 frontman Bono.

The band cancelled two planned concerts in the French capital at the weekend, in the wake of the terrorist atrocities last Friday night.

"If you think about it, the majority of victims were music fans," Bono told 2fm.

"This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it's called.

"This, and the cold-blooded aspect of the attacks, are what are really upsetting, because it means it could have been any of us."


Members of the band laid flowers at a tribute to the victims outside the Bataclan theatre, where Eagles of Death Metal had been playing a gig.

"Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans," Bono told the 'Dave Fanning Show'.

The band's Irish gigs later this week are set to go ahead as planned, including their first Belfast gig in 18 years on Wednesday. Fans have started a campaign to wear white to the concert to show solidarity with victims of terror.

"Wear something white if you can and most importantly, wave something white, like a napkin, tissue, piece of cloth or paper," they posted on social media last night.

Irish Independent

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