Mu­sic world jit­tery af­ter Manch­ester blast

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW YORK: The sui­cide bomb­ing at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in Manch­ester, Eng­land, has shaken the mu­sic world, with some artists can­celling up­com­ing gigs and oth­ers plan­ning to go ahead as sched­uled.

Blondie can­celled a Tues­day night con­cert in Lon­don “as a mark of re­spect for the vic­tims of the ter­ri­ble at­tack” at the Manch­ester Arena.

Lead singer Deb­bie Harry tweeted that the Round Chapel date would be resched­uled.

Manch­ester band Take That also can­celled their Tues­day night con­cert in Liver­pool and to­day to Satur­day in Manch­ester “out of re­spect” for the vic­tims of the at­tack that left 22 peo­ple dead.

As for Grande, a per­son close to the sit­u­a­tion said the pop star’s tour was not can­celled or post­poned. The per­son said Grande and her team were more fo­cused on the vic­tims at the mo­ment, not the tour.

But a num­ber of mu­sic acts with up­com­ing sum­mer gigs in Europe said on Tues­day they won’t change their plans.

Shawn Men­des, sched­uled to play in Paris on Wed­nes­day, said his show would go on.

“I hope I speak for ev­ery artiste by say­ing that we will not stop spread­ing pos­i­tiv­ity and love through mu­sic no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion,” he tweeted. “Con­certs are events peo­ple should never be afraid to at­tend.”

Ce­line Dion also will hon­our her up­com­ing dates in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lon­don and Paris, in­clud­ing a June 25 stop at the Manch­ester Arena.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Guns N’ Roses, cur­rently on tour with up­com­ing stops in Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Mu­nich, Lon­don and Paris, said the rock band wasn’t mak­ing any changes.

The man­ager for Phil Collins, sched­uled to play Liver­pool’s Echo Arena on June 2 and then five dates at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall start­ing June 4, said those shows would go on.

If the shows do go on, there are likely to be more se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions. The 02 arena in Lon­don said it was “shocked and deeply sad­dened” by the tragedy and added that se­cu­rity had been stepped up for all events. AFP

(From left) Ari­ana Grande, Shawn Men­des, Ce­line Dion, and Phil Collins.

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