U2 pay tribute to Paris victims but no Eagles of Death Metal

Sun Dec 6, 2015 7:46pm EST
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By Francis MacGuire

PARIS (Reuters) - Irish rock band U2 paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks on their return on Sunday to France, where two concerts had been canceled following the shootings.

But Eagles of Death Metal did not make a rumored appearance with U2.

The U2 Paris concerts were originally scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15, and were postponed after coordinated Islamic State attacks on the French capital killed 130 on Nov. 13.

The deadliest attack occurred at the Bataclan concert hall, where garage rock band Eagles of Death Metal had been playing, and it was rumored that the Californians would show up at the AccorHotels Arena with U2.

"Vive La France", "Tonight we are all Parisians, ce soir nous sommes tous Parisiens", U2 frontman Bono told the crowd.

"If you love liberty then Paris is your hometown. We have a few words to speak on the loss you are feeling tonight, I guess grief is like a wound that never closes."

The names of the victims appeared in blue, white and red on the giant screen at the end of the concert.

Earlier, U2 had said on their website: "We're back in Paris and it's great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight's show."   Continued...

Bono (C), the Edge (L) and Adam Clayton of Irish band U2 perform during their concert at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, December 6, 2015, on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier