U2 performs in Paris attacks with Patti Smith
U2 returned to Paris on Sunday night after rescheduling their original dates due to the terror attacks across the city on Nov. 13. The show, which took place at AccorHotels Arena, featured a touching tribute to the 130 people killed in the coordinated assaults, and a guest spot from Patti Smith.
During the set, U2 displayed the victims’ names in blue, white, and red on a massive screen behind the band. “We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris,” Bono said, per the Irish Independent. He continued, referencing the recent shootings in San Bernardino, California and other places around the world. “We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul. We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve.”
The band also revealed they have written a new song, “Streets of Surrender,” which Bono told the BBC contains lyrics about Paris: “‘Every man has two cities he needs to be/ The one he can touch and the one he can’t see/ The one where a stranger’s a friend. Every man’s got one city of liberty/’ For me, it’s Paris. I love it. Every time I get lost down these ancient streets, I find myself again.”
Smith joined U2 to play her songs “Gloria” off Horses and “People Have The Power” from Dream of Life. She had previously performed with the band for their London stop on the Innocence + Experience tour, where they played the same songs.
Bono has spoken at length about returning to Paris after the November attacks, and immediately rescheduled the Nov. 14 and 15 dates to Dec. 6 and 7. In an interview with the Associated Press he said, “These are our people and they’re very familiar faces, the people in the audience, they’re our people. But we’re going back, you bet. Nothing will stop us from going back.”
See Smith perform with U2.