Sting will reopen Le Bataclan Theatre with a charity show on Nov. 12, the day before the one-year anniversary of the attacks made across Paris last year. The music icon will perform songs from his new album 57th & 9th with a three piece band comprised of Dominic Miller (guitar), Vinnie Colauita (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar).
“In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile,” Sting said in a statement on his website. “First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them..”
All proceeds from the concert will go towards the Life for Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternité Verité charities. Le Bataclan was one of the sites in the coordinated Paris attacks last year. The crowd was held hostage inside the theatre during an Eagles of Death Metal show. Eighty-nine people were killed at the theatre.
Le Bataclan made a powerful statement following the tragedy. “Dear friends, 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,” the venue wrote on social media. “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. We thank you for your support which affects us deeply.”
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. CET time on the Le Bataclan Theatre website.