Band were also joined by Patti Smith at AccorHotels Arena gig
U2 returned to Paris for gigs they rescheduled in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the city last month (November).
The band played the first of two gigs at the AccorHotels Arena last night (December 6). The gigs were originally meant to take place last month but were postponed after terrorists attacked Paris, killing 130 people including 89 at an Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan venue.
U2 paid tribute to those that died in the terrorist attacks with the victims’ names were displayed in blue, white and red on a large screen behind the band as they played live.
“We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris,” Bono said, according to the Irish Independent. He added, “We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul. We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve.”
It had been suggested that Eagles of Death Metal would join the band on stage. However this did not end up happening.
U2 frontman Bono recently revealed that he bought the members of Eagles of Death Metal new mobile phones and offered them use of his private jet in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks.
“We had a plane, which we put at the Eagles’ use if they wanted it, but they found another way. The best thing we could do for our fellow musicians was to buy them phones,” he explained to The New York Times. “I spoke to Julian [Dorio] and to Jesse [Hughes]. But that was the best thing, Jesse said, just getting the phones to be texting and all the stuff that you do — social media — to find out what’s going on. Their phones were in the venue.”