Both U2 and the Foo Fighters have cancelled upcoming European shows in light of the Paris attacks which yesterday saw 87 music fans lose their lives at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan Theatre.
U2 were planning to perform at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris last night but have released a statement saying the gig will be postponed due to the terror attacks which struck several locations in the French capital.
“We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”, the Irish band said in the statement.
Band members Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge have since visited the Bataclan theatre to lay flowers and pay their respects at the memorial site outside the venue.
Elsewhere and the Foo Fighters have cancelled the remaining European shows of their current world tour with the four remaining dates including a gig also scheduled at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on November 16 and shows set to take place in Lyon, Turin and Barcelona, no longer taking place
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now,” Grohl and bandmates posted in a statement on the Foo Fighters Facebook page.
“There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”