November 4, 2016


Sting Will Re-Open Paris Venue Le Bataclan One Year After Terrorist Massacre

Denise Truscello/WireImage
Denise Truscello/WireImage

A year after Paris venue Le Bataclan at the center of a terrorist attack that left 90 Eagles of Death Metal concertgoers dead, Sting will welcome music fans back inside. The concert is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, one night shy of the anniversary of the massacre. The Associated Press writes that families of the victims and the injured have been invited to attend; proceeds will go to groups benefiting those affected.

Pete Doherty was initially announced as the performer to re-open Le Bataclan; his show would have been Nov. 16. Not long after the April announcement, he shared a song called "Hell to Pay at the Gates Of Heaven," about "how we’re under attack.”

Sting made a statement about the show:

"In re-opening 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. 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 AP writes that the 1,400-capacity venue has been completely refurbished. Director Jerome Langlet made "an emotional announcement on Friday," saying "he hopes the theater can regain its role as one of Paris' leading music venues—and not remain forever a reminder of tragedy."