Sting to head­line Bat­a­clan’s re­turn

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Sting is sched­uled to head­line the first con­cert at the Bat­a­clan the­ater in Paris since it was tar­geted a year ago in Is­lamic State at­tacks that killed 130 peo­ple.

The British singer will per­form Nov. 12, the night be­fore the first an­niver­sary of the at­tacks on the Bat­a­clan, Paris cafes and the na­tional sta­dium.

Most of the vic­tims were killed in the Bat­a­clan af­ter three men laden with ex­plo­sives and tot­ing Kalash­nikovs stormed a con­cert by Cal­i­for­nia band Ea­gles of Death Metal, fir­ing in­dis­crim­i­nately at rev­el­ers and turn­ing the dance floor into a bloody scene. Fam­i­lies of vic­tims and those in­jured have been in­vited to the Nov. 12 con­cert, and pro­ceeds will go to groups for at­tack sur­vivors and loved ones of those who were killed.

“In re­open­ing the Bat­a­clan, we have two im­por­tant tasks to rec­on­cile. First, to re­mem­ber and honor those who lost their lives in the at­tack a year ago, and sec­ond to cel­e­brate the life and the mu­sic that this his­toric the­ater rep­re­sents,” Sting said in a state­ment. “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.”

The the­ater has been en­tirely re­fur­bished, and govern­ment se­cu­rity of­fi­cials Thurs­day gave the goa­head to re­open it to the pub­lic, Bat­a­clan direc­tor Jerome Lan­glet said.

SYL­VAIN THOMAS/GETTY-AFP 2015

Sting will per­form Nov. 12 at the Bat­a­clan the­ater in Paris, the site of ter­ror at­tacks that killed 130 peo­ple.

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