Foo Fighters cancel European tour following Paris terror attacks

87 people were killed at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig in the French capital on Friday night (November 13)

Foo Fighters have announced that they have cancelled the remainder of their current European tour in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, and shootings at a Eagles Of Death Metal gig, which took place on Friday night (November 13).

The band had four remaining dates left of the tour, including a gig at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on November 16. Other shows were set to take place in Lyon, Turin and Barcelona.

Announcing the news via a statement on their official Facebook page, Dave Grohl and co wrote: “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

Meanwhile, U2 are among acts cancelling upcoming Paris gigs as the French capital goes on lockdown to protect its citizens. Bono and co were scheduled to play the city’s AccorHotels Arena tonight (November 14).

NMEPress

At least 127 people are reported dead after a series of violent attacks in Paris overnight. Among the worst hit was gig venue Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing as part of their European tour. Police have stated that 87 people were killed inside the venue before the attack ended and the terrorists themselves were killed.

Eagles of Death Metal are reportedly all safe though a statement released after the incident states that they are currently trying to determine the whereabouts of their crew.

French national stadium Stade de France was also targeted, with French police confirming two suicide attacks and one bombing. Elsewhere at least one man opened fire in a restaurant in the 11th district.

Musicians around the world 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.

See below for a selection of the social media messages:

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