U2 rescheduled their Paris tour dates following the Nov. 13 attacks on the city, but will return to the French city next week for two performances at the AccorHotels Arena.
“They took a lot of lives we’re not going to get back, but they’re not going to change the character of the city of Paris,” Bono told the Associated Press.
The Irish rock group postponed its Nov. 14 and 15 performances, the former of which was being filmed for an HBO special, but tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel promised to reschedule immediately in order to “honour the commitment to their audience.” The Innocence + Experience tour will now stop in Paris Dec. 6 and 7, and the second date will be filmed for HBO’s iNNOCENCE +eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS special.
Bono also told the AP that fans can expect “joy as an act of defiance” from their upcoming shows. “That’s what U2 does,” he said, “that’s what French people want from us and that’s it.” The U2 frontman then likened the Paris audience to his family, and explained why band will head back to the City of Lights.
“These are our people and they’re very familiar faces, the people in the audience, they’re our people,” Bono said. “But we’re going back, you bet. Nothing will stop us from going back.”