Over a week on from the horrific terror attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of 129 civilians including 89 at the Eagles of Death Metal’s show at the Bataclan and it’s easy to see the unprecedented effect it has had on the global music industry.
Many high profile bands have taken the decision to cancel shows and whole tours in light of the tragedy, including U2, Foo Fighters and Coldplay, with more bands still deciding to take similar action.
Foo Fighters were due to play in the capital on Monday but “in light of this senseless violence” cancelled the remaining dates on their European world tour. Coldplay who were performing a show in L.A due to be streamed around the world also cancelled, instead playing a 7 song acoustic set in which they performed John Lennon’s ‘imagine’.
Other artistes who have announced cancellations include the British heavy metal band Motörhead who have rescheduled their Paris show for February, Prince who cancelled the entirety of his European tour and was due to play in Paris on December 11 and Marilyn Manson who was scheduled to play at Le Zenith concert hall on November 16.
American alternative metal band Deftones were due to play at the Bataclan just 2 days after 89 concert goers were killed there. The band who were staying in Paris the night of the attacks issued a statement on their website voicing their grief: “We must return home to our loved ones. We will return when appropriate.”
Irish punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers have decided to go ahead with their show at the Mill venue in Paris on November 30. The Belfast bred band stated that their show will go ahead as planned because they: “know what its like to be deprived of gigs due to terrorism”. Referring to the prominence of the I.R.A when they were growing up.
As France and the world continue to grieve we can expect more cancellations due to border closures and risk of terrorism.