Band project ‘Stronger Than Fear’ message at Belfast SSE Arena
U2 have paid tribute to victims of the Paris terror attacks.
The four-piece were due to play in the French capital on Saturday, November 15, but called off their show following the Bataclan shootings. They instead attended a memorial at the music venue.
Returning to the stage at the SSE Arena in Belfast, U2 projected the Eiffel Tower with the message ‘Stronger Than Fear’ and ‘Vive La France’ during ‘City Of Blinding Lights’.
In defiance of the tragedy, Bono also told the crowd: “We refuse to hate because love will do a better job.”
The band played a similar set to their recent residency at the O2 Arena in London including tracks from their 2014 album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ alongside classic tracks ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, ‘With Or Without You’ and ‘One’.
Meanwhile, the manager of Le Bataclan in Paris, where 89 people were murdered, has issued his first statement since the attacks, vowing that the venue will definitely open again in the future.
Dominique Revert, the club’s co-manager who was not present at the time of the shootings, has issued the following statement (via Billboard): “It will reopen, no question about it. Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”
Musicians around the world have reacted with horror to the attacks, including those who have friends in the city and others who have performed at the Bataclan venue over the years. Among the artists who have delivered messages are Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto, AC/DC, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and more.