U2 have rebooked the Paris shows cancelled following the city’s tragic terrorist attacks.
The Irish act pulled two arena shows in Paris scheduled for the weekend following the November 13 attacks, as the city went into lockdown. They have now re-booked the two shows for December 6 and 7 at the Accorhotels Arena, with the second show set to air on HBO, as had been planned for November 14 prior to the cancellations.
The two shows will now close U2’s ‘Innocence and Experience’ Tour, being scheduled for after their four-night appearance in their hometown of Dublin, which gets underway tonight (November 23).
In a statement at the time of their cancellation, U2 said:
“We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
The band since paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at their show in Belfast, projecting the words ‘Stronger Than Fear’ and an image of the Eiffel Tower as part of their stage backdrop. Bono added “we refuse to hate because love will do a better job.”
The band have also recently said they wouldn’t rule out releasing their next album for free via iTunes for a second time.
The Edge told The Belfast Telegraph: “We haven’t figured it out yet, but our intention would be to get it out sometime in the back end of next year”.
He added: “I would not rule out doing something similar [to the ‘Songs Of Innocence’ release] with the next record”.
Larry Mullen, meanwhile, has suggested changes will be necessary for the music industry to sustain itself. He told Irish radio station RTE Radio:
“I think it [the music industry] is broken. A lot of younger artists don’t get paid, and that’s a real problem. We’re kind of out of that scenario, but we would like to see artists get paid.”
“Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more. It’s only a matter of time. I think a lot of these companies and individuals who are involved in them realise that as well. They know that artists are not getting what they should be getting.”
U2 had previously confirmed they intended to re-book the Paris shows following the cancellations.