Sting Reopens Bataclan One Year After Terror Attack

2016-11-12

Story by Anne Erickson

The Bataclan concert hall will reopen this weekend

Paris’ Bataclan concert hall reopened this weekend, and who better to do the honors than Sting? The legendary rocker performed a special show Saturday (Nov. 12) at the venue, literally one day before the anniversary of last year’s terror attack on the music venue. The performance will have the former Police frontman playing songs off his latest studio album, “57th & 9th.”

“In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile,” Sting’ said in a post on his official website. “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 theatre represents.”

“In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell,” he added. “We shall not forget them.”

Funds raised from the show will go towards two organizations that offer support to the victims of the Bataclan terror attack and their families: Life for Paris and 13onze15.

On Nov. 13, 2015, terrorists struck the Bataclan concert hall during an Eagles of Death Metal show and killed 90 people. Another round of coordinated attacks took place throughout Paris and killed an additional 40 people.

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