After Friday’s Paris attacks at famed Parisian music hall Le Bataclan, some critics and fans wondered if the historic venue would ever recover. But in a new interview with Billboard, Le Bataclan co-manager Dominique Revert, who was not at the venue during the attacks, said, “It will reopen, no question about it. Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”
Le Bataclan was founded in 1864 and has since been home to acts like Lou Reed, Jeff Buckley, Snoop Dogg, Oasis, Blur, and Kanye West. Music journalists have compared it to New York City’s Webster Hall.
On Friday, as part of a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris, 89 people were killed inside Le Bataclan. The venue made its first public statement on Monday via Facebook, writing, “No words is enough to express the magnitude of our grief. Our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their families. Many of you have wanted to gather in remembrance at the Bataclan. Unfortunately, the authorities still need to work at the site. We will keep you informed as soon as it is possible to you gather in front of the room.”
The attack happened during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, and the band also released a statement Wednesday. “Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism,” they wrote, “we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.”
For more on Le Bataclan, head to Billboard.