Taking to Twitter Friday morning, the artist announced a concert that will benefit victims of the Paris attacks.
The event is set for Nov. 12.
In re-opening the Bataclan, the singer said in a related statement on his website, “we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so, we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”
The historic concert hall has undergone extensive renovation. A new updated facade was unveiled last Thursday.
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According to sources, the city of Paris is planning a memorial service outside the theatre on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., commemorating the attack anniversary. Sting’s concert will come four days before the house’s previously scheduled re-opening: a sold-out show by English rocker Pete Doherty.
Eagles of Death Metal, whose Bataclan concert was interrupted when terrorists took over the concert hall, performed a memorial show in February at L’Olympia theatre. BFM TV reported they’ll be in attendance at the memorial ceremony outside the Bataclan, where a memorial plaque will be unveiled.