One Year After The Paris Attacks, See Pictures Of Pete Doherty’s Rousing Bataclan Set

This week Pete Doherty played two nights at Paris’ Bataclan. It’s been just over a year since it was hit by terrorist attacks that killed 89, after which the venue organisers issued a statement saying: “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.” Doherty unleashed his rousing set in the same spirit, including his Bataclan-inspired song ‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ and French national anthem The Marseillaise. See what it looked like below.

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Prior to Pete’s set was a support slot from guitarist Jack Jones, who had the name of Nick Alexander written on his chest in tribute.

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Doherty was originally set to be reopening the venue with his gig, but his place was taken by Sting. Pete played two nights, though: one on November 16, where these photos were taken, and another the following day.

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Pete Doherty clean Bataclan

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The lyrics to ‘Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven’ adorned this French flag – a song Pete has told NME is “about the fucking Bataclan … how we’re under attack.”

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After taking off his jacket he later threw his guitar, a harmonica, a mic stand and a tambourine into the audience.

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The defining moment of the evening was when Doherty and Carl Barât sang the Marseillaise together, backed by a violin: a fitting two-fingers to the attack on the Bataclan 12 months ago.

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