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