Speaking ahead of U2’s rescheduled Paris event – the first of two U2 dates in the city had originally been planned for the day after the Paris attacks – Bono told Associated Press:
“We’re very, very of course moved by the fact that our fellow troubadours, the Eagles of Death Metal, had such a hard time; they’re an extraordinary talented band, they’ve been through the most ugly nightmare and they have been very graceful about it.”
The singer also spoke about what French crowds could expect of the shows, saying “Well, knowing our French audience and having a sense of them by now, I would say joy as an act of defiance. That’s what U2 does, that’s what French people want from us and that’s it. They took a lot of lives we’re not going to get back, but they’re not going to change the character of the city of Paris.”
Bono’s previous comments on the Paris attacks include calling the tragedy “a direct hit on music.”
He told Irish state broadcaster RTE on November 14 “If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror. And it’s very upsetting. These are our people… The cold-blooded effect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”
A total of 130 people died as a result of the attacks on Le Bataclan and at several other locations in Paris on the evening of November 13, making the assault the worst attack on French soil in half a century. U2 return to Paris on December 6 and 7.