[An update from U2]
“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.
“Speaking from Paris the band said:
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.
“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 feature film Jersey Boys has replaced the concert on the HBO schedule.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the patrons of Paris as nearly 100 hostages were taken during an Eagles of Death Metal concert on Friday (Nov 13th) as one of many terrorist attacks occurred throughout the city. CNN reports that police raided and killed two terrorists at the Bataclan concert venue, where the band were set to perform Friday night. Police have rescued at least 100 hostages with some appearing to be wounded after hearing explosions from inside the venue. France is under martial law as all of its borders have been closed.
Both the Eagles of Death Metal and U2 concerts scheduled for Friday have been canceled. Fans throughout the world are expressing their concern for members of both bands and the people of Paris. The Eagles of Death Metal have released the following statement via their Facebook page.
“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” the Eagles of Death Metal writes. “Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
U2 guitarist The Edge’s cousin has tweeted that the band is safe and were not harmed during the attacks. That tweet has since been removed, but fan site atU2 is reporting “A U2 spokesperson tells us ‘everyone is fine’ re: attacks in Paris tonight. We’re praying for U2 fans & all impacted by this. Stay safe.”
Entertainment Tonight (ET) reports that U2’s concerts Saturday and Sunday, November 13th and 14th, at AccorHotels Arena are likely to be canceled. The Saturday show was scheduled to be broadcast to the United States and Canada on HBO, but its fate is up in the air.
A source close to U2 states they “do not see how the show could happen tomorrow.” A source close to production tells ET that it is “unlikely the show will go on, but there has been no official decision as of yet.”
When The Music Universe reached out to HBO’s Los Angeles office, we were told they weren’t sure about the fate of the concert broadcast. We reached HBO’s New York office after hours, and have not heard back via email from their publicity department as of this writing.
The Wrap is reporting that HBO is “considering pulling all media and advertising for its concert special” and have alerted its media partners that advertising for the show may be pulled shortly.
Nearly 60 people have been killed in the coordinated attacks. French authorities have launched a terrorism investigation that is believed to be coordinated by ISIS who hasn’t officially claimed responsibility, but has praised the events on social media.