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Bono Calls Paris Attacks 'First Direct Hit On Music'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 15/11/2015 Lily Karlin
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After the cancellation of U2's planned Saturday concert in Paris, band frontman Bono opened up about Friday's attacks on the city -- specifically the shooting of Eagles of Death Metal concert attendees at Le Bataclan music hall -- during a radio interview with Irish DJ Dave Fanning.

"This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called war on terror or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue," he said Saturday. "It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me, and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head." 

In the wake of the tragic attacks, both Coldplay and the Foo Fighters also canceled planned performances.

"We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris," Coldplay said in a statement.

"In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now," the Foo Fighters said in a post on their Facebook page. "There is no other way to say it."

In Bono's radio interview Saturday, the musician stressed it was not U2's decision to call off the concert -- though he "[understands] perfectly" why it was canceled -- and expressed his hope to perform in the city soon.

"I think music is very important. I think U2 has a role to play and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play," he said. "That’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda."

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