The concert hall was the site of the deadliest of the six terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris on Nov. 13
The historic Parisian music venue where 89 people were killed during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal in November will be completely renovated, owners and management told AFP Wednesday.
While construction work on the Bataclan theatre has yet to begin, “we will do everything possible to reopen before the end of the year,” pledged Jerome Langlet, entertainment head of Lagardere Group, which bought 70 percent control of the Bataclan two months before the attacks. Planning and design work are already underway.
The Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the concert hall on Nov. 13 when gunmen attacked there and at five other locations around Paris, killing a total of 129 people. ISIS claimed responsibility shortly after news of the attacks broke.
News of the Bataclan’s renovation and reopening comes just days before the Eagles of Death Metal will return to Paris to perform a make-good show. The band, who were brought on stage as special guests at U2’s Paris concert in December, are scheduled to headline the Olympia music hall on Feb. 16 before an audience which will include a large number of Bataclan survivors.
Seats were offered by the band on a ticket-for-ticket exchange basis. Many survivors have expressed belief that Tuesday’s show is important for their healing process, and concert promoters and support groups have announced that medical and trained psychological personnel will be present at the show.