Published May 02, 2016
U2 delivered a powerful performance to a heavy-hearted Paris audience Sunday, weeks after the rockers were forced to cancel shows due to the terrorist attacks there.
Bono shouted, “Vive la France!” as he and his band took the stage at AccorHotels Arena, a short distance from the Bataclan, where 89 concertgoers were slaughtered at a show by the US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.
U2 paid tribute to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks several times throughout the performance, which began with the song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” and included hits like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.”
During “In the Name of Love,” the names of all 130 victims were displayed on a screen in the arena, which holds 20,000 people.
“If you love liberty, Paris is your hometown,” Bono told the crowd.
Earlier, U2 squashed rumors that the Eagles of Death Metal would join them on stage. Instead, they brought out singer Patti Smith, who performed her song “People Have the Power” with the band.
U2 will play Paris again Monday in a show that will be televised live on HBO.
The band has not announced its special guest, but multiple outlets reported that the Eagles of Death Metal would join them for Monday’s show.
EDM frontman Jesse Hughes was spotted with other members of his band in Paris over the weekend.
They vowed to be the first to perform at the Bataclan theater when it reopens.