U2 Pays Homage to the Paris Attack Victims Near the Bataclan Concert Hall After Canceling Performance
"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris," the band said in a statement on their website
After announcing the cancellation of their Saturday and Sunday Paris performances in the wake of Friday’s horrific attacks on the city, U2 visited the site of the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 80 people were killed by gunmen.
The group paid their respects at a makeshift memorial made of flowers and candles on Saturday as many looked on. The concert hall was the bloodiest single site during Friday’s orchestrated wave of attacks. At least 129 total are dead and 352 injured, French officials said.
The Irish band has been in the city for most of the week, according to their social media accounts.
A new post to Instagram showed a white sheet with the band’s autographs written on it in black ink. The sheet also contained messages of hope and despair like, “How can a man with so many friends feel so alone?” and “Love is bigger than anything in its way.”
The band announced their decision to postpone the concerts through Twitter and their website on Saturday.
“In our thoughts and prayers,” they tweeted. “Tonight’s Paris show, HBO broadcast and Twitter Q & A will not be taking place.”
On the site, the band members expressed their emotions over the shocking incidents through a statement.
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight,” the statement read. “We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”