UPDATE, 12:39 PM: U2 will not be playing any shows in Paris this weekend as a consequence of the fatal attacks of yesterday. While the band had cancelled today’s scheduled concert late Friday and hence the HBO special attached to it, there was still a possibility they and the premium cabler might use the November 15th show at the city’s AccorHotels Arena as a substitute. Now both shows are “postponed,” according to the band’s website .
HBO and U2 had said in their statement of November 13 that they were “fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time” and, with no mention of it, had seemingly left the 15th show open. The band made the addition of the cancellation of the Sunday show on an online announcement earlier Saturday, reiterating the unplugging of today’s show.
‘In our thoughts and prayers.’ Tonight’s Paris show, HBO broadcast and Twitter Q & A will not be taking place. https://t.co/LuTxpoSw0T
— U2 (@U2) November 14, 2015
Also earlier Saturday, Bono told an Irish radio station that the decision to not play on Saturday was made by Parisian city officials not the band. “It was canceled, honest, and I understand perfectly why,” the frontman said to DJ Dave Fanning. “It’s up to the French authorities and the city to decide when we can go back.” Late Friday, the city announced that all public gatherings as well as city run buildings and other entities were to be closed on Saturday.
No word when HBO or U2 plan to reschedule today’s concert and almost-live broadcast.
But Bono told the radio station that “I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us. I remember U2 was the first big act back into New York after 9/11. We played Madison Square Garden and the feeling of Madison Square Garden was just unbelievable and the feeling was just this is who we are, you can’t change it. You’re not gonna turn us into haters or you’re not gonna turn us around in the way we go about our lives. That was the feeling of Madison Square Garden back then and I hope that will be the feeling at Bercy when we get back there.”
PREVIOUS, NOV. 13 PM: In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on Paris, U2 has canceled its planned Saturday concert at the city’s AccorHotels Arena that HBO was going to tape live to air delayed in primetime in the U.S.
“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned,”said the band in a statement. “U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.”
The premium cabler planned to show the concert special at 9 PM ET on Saturday. No word yet on whether Sunday’s show at the same venue will go on as planned or if the premium network will film that one. We do know that the 2014 Clint Eastwood directed film Jersey Boys will be shown in the concert’s slot.
Paris was in lockdown Friday as French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency. That closed the country’s borders after a series of attacks in the French capital that included several explosions and shootings as well as a hostage situation at a concert at Le Bataclan. Southern California rock band Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the venue, where around 100 people were killed. The current overall death toll currently stands at more than 150 people.
About an hour ago the city of Paris announced in reaction that all public gatherings would be cancelled, which would seemingly include concerts. The City of Light will also shut all town halls and other all municipal buildings like schools, museums and libraries on Saturday.
Dès demain, fermeture de tous les équipements de la Ville: écoles, musées, bibliothèques, gymnases, piscines, marchés alimentaires
— Paris (@Paris) November 14, 2015