The manager of Le Bataclan in Paris has issued his first statement since the Paris attacks last week, vowing that the venue will definitely open again in the future.
At least 129 people were killed and around 350 are injured after a series of terror attacks in the French capital on November 13. Music venue Le Bataclan the worst hit, with 89 civilians killed during a shooting at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig.
Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and Les InRocks reporter William B Decherf are also among the deceased.
A statement from the venue was tweeted earlier this week. It began with “no words sufficient to express the magnitude of our grief,” before adding: “Our thoughts are with the victims, the wounded and their relatives.”
Now Dominique Revert, the club’s co-manager who was not present at the time of the shootings, has issued the following statement (via Billboard): “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.”
Musicians around the world have reacted with horror to the attacks, including those who have friends in the city and others who have performed at the Bataclan venue over the years. Among the artists who have delivered messages are Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto, AC/DC, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and more.
The likes of U2 and Foo Fighters have cancelled upcoming shows in Paris and elsewhere in Europe following the attacks.
Meanwhile, promotion company Live Nation has announced that it will be stepping up security procedures in the UK following the attacks.