The Foo Fighters have canceled the remaining dates on their European tour due to the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday (Nov 13th) that left more than 150 people dead and 350 injured. The band made the announcement via their Facebook page early Saturday (Nov 14th).
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” the statement reads. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”
The band had four dates left on the trek and were set to perform in Turin, Italy tonight (Nov 14th), Paris on Monday (Nov 16th), Lyon, France on Tuesday (Nov 17th) and Barcelona, Spain on Thursday (Nov 19th). No rescheduled dates have been announced at this time.
The attacks happened when Southern California band, Eagles of Death Metal, were performing at the Bataclan Theatre to a sold out crowd of 1,500. The band quickly left the stage and exited through the rear when machine guns began going off. None of the band members were harmed. However, it has been confirmed that Nick Alexander, a British national who was selling merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal and formerly for Alice In Chains, was killed in the attacks.
“Our former merch vendor Nick Alexander has been confirmed as one of the victims of the senseless violence in Paris yesterday,” Alice In Chains posted on Facebook. “Nick was a great guy and a true professional. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with him.
“Please keep Nick and his family in your thoughts, along with all of the other victims of yesterday’s brutality. Life is short. Be good to each other…”
The UK’s Telegraph confirms that Alexander, who was from London, was shot in front of Helen Wilson, an American expat who runs a catering company, Rock en Bol, in Paris and was wounded in both legs. Wilson details the events she witnessed.
“Nick was shot in front of me,” she says from her hospital bed in Paris. “We heard a couple of noises outside and people started running into the club. We didn’t know what was going on.
“Then maybe five, six guys came in with machine guns and shotguns and just started shooting people. It was mayhem.
“When anyone started running they would shoot them down. So we got down on the floor. I was afraid whenever I heard a step behind me… they machine-gunned everybody.
“Nick was in front of me when we were lying on the ground and somebody moved and they just turned round and started shooting us.
“His back was to me and I couldn’t see what happened and I tried to keep him talking and then I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and they [the gunmen] were just sort of in the shadows and they would shoot if anyone said anything.
“Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”
U2 were rehearsing at the AccorHotels Arena, less than three miles away from the Bataclan Theatre, when they got word of the attacks.
“Really our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles fans, the Eagles of Death Metal, and this is if you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so called war-on-terror or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”
Bono confirms that the band’s shows tonight (Nov 14th) and tomorrow (Nov 15th) at the arena have been canceled. The Saturday show was set to be broadcast to North America on HBO just hours after the live performance in Paris.
“I mean, again, we didn’t call it off. It was cancelled, honest, and I understand perfectly why. I think music is very important. I think U2 has a role to play and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re getting from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us.
“I remember U2 is the first big act back into New York after 9/11. We played Madison Square Garden and the feeling of Madison Square Garden was just unbelievable and the feeling was just this is who we are, you can’t change it. You’re not gonna turn us into haters or you’re not gonna turn us around in the way we go about our lives. That was the feeling of Madison Square Garden back then and I hope that will be the feeling at Bercy when we get back there. ”
No rescheduled dates or concert special has been announced at this time.
The Music Universe sends our thoughts and prayers to Paris and everyone affected.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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