UPDATED TO INCLUDE PATTI SMITH U2, performing the first of two Paris concerts postponed from last month by ISIS’s bloody terrorist attack, brought the AccorHotels Arena’s roaring crowd to its feet Sunday with Bono’s rousing, shouted tributes to the victims of that attack, as well as to the families of shooting victims in San Bernardino, CA and to all those “held hostage by ideologies” that lack compassion and love.
The show, along with a second concert tomorrow, is being livestreamed on Meerkat and taped for the HBO special U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, airing Monday at 9 PM ET.
Introducing the group’s classic “Where The Streets Have No Name,” Bono sang that he wanted to walk “somewhere safe, where they live in liberté, égalité, fraternité, somewhere like right here!”
The band also tossed in an unexpected cover of Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion,” dedicating the song to people with HIV.
Though a rumored appearance by the Eagles of Death Metal seemed unlikely to come about, Patti Smith joined the band onstage, initially for a duet on “Gloria,” the Van Morrison classic that Smith reclaimed as her own 40 years ago on “Horses.” Smith and the band also performed her anthem “People Have the Power.”
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