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Sting announced as first artist to play reopened Bataclan – ahead of Pete Doherty

The Libertines frontman had previously been billed as first act to reopen Paris venue

Sting has been announced as the artist set to reopen Paris’ Bataclan venue later this month.

A year after terrorists targeted an Eagles Of Death Metal show at the theatre, Sting will play the venue on November 12. Proceeds will go to charity.

89 people were killed in one of a series of attacks to take place in the city on November 13, 2015. Following the attacks, the venue organisers issued a statement last year 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.”

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The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty had previously been billed as the first act to reopen the venue. He will still play two gigs at Le Bataclan on November 16 and 17.

In a statement on his website, Sting writes: “In reopening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second, to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so, we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”

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Eagles of Death Metal are to release a new documentary about the Bataclan terror attackEagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) will air on HBO in February 2017.

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