Sting played the first show at Bataclan last night (November 12) as it reopened one year after the Paris terrorist attacks.
The venue issued a statement following the attacks, which saw 89 people killed on November 13, 2015, confirming they would eventually reopen. “It will reopen, no question about it,” the statement read. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”
Pete Doherty had previously been confirmed as the artist to play the first show at the Bataclan since the devastating events of that night, but Sting then announced last night’s show earlier this month. He opened the gig with ‘Fragile’ and asked the audience to hold a minute silence for those who lost their lives in the space last year.
— Juliette Méadel (@juliettemeadel) November 12, 2016
In a statement issued before the show, Sting said: “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.”
Pete Doherty will perform at the Bataclan on November 16.