Sting to re­open Paris’s Bat­a­clan be­fore at­tack an­niver­sary

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Bri­tish singer Sting is to re­open the Bat­a­clan mu­sic venue in Paris the day be­fore the first an­niver­sary of the at­tack that killed 90 con­cert­go­ers.

The for­mer Po­lice front­man will per­form there on Satur­day 12 Novem­ber.

He said he wanted to “re­mem­ber and hon­our those who lost their lives” and “to cel­e­brate the life and the mu­sic that this his­toric the­atre rep­re­sents”.

The venue has been shut since Is­lamist gun­men stormed a gig by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal last Novem­ber.

Three heav­ily armed gun­men wear­ing sui­cide vests were part of co­or­di­nated at­tacks around Paris on 13 Novem­ber that killed 130 peo­ple.

Sting said all rev­enue from his show would be do­nated to Life For Paris and 13 Novem­bre: Fra­ter­nite Verite.

The singer played at the venue while on tour with The Po­lice in April 1979.

In a state­ment on his web­site, the star said: “In re-open­ing the Bat­a­clan, we have two im­por­tant tasks to rec­on­cile.

“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.” Tick­ets for the show go on sale on Tues­day. The venue has al­ready an­nounced its con­cert line-up for the pe­riod fol­low­ing the an­niver­sary. For­mer Lib­ertines singer Pe­ter Do­herty will per­form there on 16 and 17 Novem­ber, fol­lowed by two con­certs by Sene­galese star Yous­sou N’Dour.

Mar­i­anne Faith­full, Lau­rent Garnier and Yael Naim are among the other artists who will per­form there this month.

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