Sting to Give 1st Concert at Paris’ Bataclan Since Attacks

PARIS — Sting is to perform at the first concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris since it was targeted in Islamic State attacks a year ago that killed 130 people.

The Bataclan and the singer’s website announced the concert Friday. Sting will perform Nov. 12, the night before the first anniversary of the attacks on the theater, cafes and the national stadium.

Most of the victims were killed in a two-hour siege at the Bataclan after suicide attackers stormed a concert by California band Eagles of Death Metal.

The proceeds from the Nov. 12 concert will go to groups for survivors and families of victims.

Sting said in a statement that he wants the concert to honor their memories and celebrate “the life and music this historic theater represents.”

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Paris’s Bataclan to Reopen on Nov. 12 With Sting Concert

Concert hall has been closed since attacks that killed 130 people across Paris a year ago

A man walks past flowers are tied to a fence outside the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 1.
A man walks past flowers are tied to a fence outside the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 1. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

PARIS—The French capital’s Bataclan music venue said it will reopen on Nov. 12 with a concert by U.K. rock star Sting almost a year after 90 people were killed at the concert hall by a group of terrorists in a series of attacks that shocked the world.

Sting said on his official website Friday that he will play the concert to pay tribute to the victims. “In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell,” he said.

The concert hall has been closed for renovation since the attacks on Nov. 13, 2015. Kalashnikov-wielding terrorists stormed past security and massacred revelers during a concert by U.S. band Eagles of Death Metal. A total of 130 people were killed in a string of coordinated attacks across Paris that night. The venue’s owners had said they were fixing the infrastructure and equipment but would retain the venue’s layout.

The owners had kept the exact date of the reopening secret until now—they only had saidPete Doherty, former co-frontman of The Libertines and Babyshambles, would play on Nov. 16.

The proceeds of the Sting concert will go to charities helping the victims of the terror attacks.

Write to Inti Landauro at inti.landauro@wsj.com

http://www.wsj.com/articles/pariss-bataclan-to-reopen-on-nov-12-with-sting-concert-1478247702

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One Response to “Sting to Give 1st Concert at Paris’ Bataclan Since Attacks”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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