In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks that rocked Paris earlier this afternoon, U2 has wisely decided to cancel their Saturday concert in the city. U2 had originally planned to appear at the AccorHotels Arena. The event was scheduled as an HBO concert series, which would have aired live in France. It would have been tape delayed to air in primetime inside the U.S. The band had this to say in a statement.
"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. 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 U2 Paris concert special would have aired at 9pm on Saturday night. There is no word yet on whether the Sunday show, which is set to be held in the same venue, will go ahead as planned. If it does, HBO may film that concert to air in place of the canceled show from tomorrow night.
Paris has gone on lockdown, with France President François Hollande calling a state of emergency. The country has since closed its borders. This was in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in the French capitol. This included a hostage situation during an Eagles of Death Metal show. The Southern California rock band was set to play at Paris venue Le Bataclan. The location was hit by three separate explosions and six shootings. Over 150 hundred people are said to have been killed.
A mother for one of the Eagles of Death Metal band members has stated that band is safe. Though, some crew members are still missing. Earlier reports claim that the band exited the building minutes before the explosion. Some say they saw the band leaving in a cab. Other reports claim that the band was taken away by the police and are in protective custody at the local station.
Shortly after the attacks began, U2 fans used the official hashtags #U2onHBO and #U2ieTour to plead with the band that they cancel their shows. Information about the attacks was also widely shared amongst the fans. The concert was set to follow a documentary on the band that aired on HBO last weekend. It showed the behind-the-scenes work that their team has done for the current Innocence + Experience Tour. The tour began May 14 in Vancouver and is scheduled to wrap on November 24 in Dublin. It isn't know if those plans will change.