As the world grieves in the wake of Paris’ terror assault, the music industry has reacted strongly in its own way. Bono called it a “direct hit on music.”
The U2 front-man said this because the prime target was a rock concert at the Bataclan Concert Hall, with the majority of victims being music fans attending an Eagles of Death Metal show.
U2, lead the trend of several bands canceling performances. According to CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips, the Irish rockers were scheduled to perform in Paris over the weekend, with one of those performances to be broadcast on HBO. Bono discussed the difficult decision during an appearance on Irish radio.
“The cold-blooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”
The show did go on in Stockholm for Madonna. The material girl dedicated a song to the victims and tearfully told fans:
“I feel torn. Like why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?” she said. “However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up.”
Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato all posted tributes to the victims on Instagram. California metal band The Deftones, went on record about the tragedy saying,
“Some of us were in attendance at the Le Bataclan, and the rest of our family, just blocks away on this night.”
They canceled this week’s planned performances for the now infamous venue this week.