Paris, France: In response to the attacks in Paris as well as a government issued request U2 along with other concert events have all canceled their Friday Night and Saturday night shows. Saturday's nights show was to be the HBO special which industry insiders stated this would be the return of HBO's live event programming to compete against the slew of online entertainment choices.
As the events unfolded Brian Murphy Head of U2 security already alerted the band and crew and safely marshaled everyone back to the hotel safely. The city was closed with no airport access, no ground transportation moving in or around the city. The band and crew remained at the hotel to watch in horror as the events unfolded on TV.
Bono spoke out on Dave Fanning's broadcast "This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called 'War on Terror' or whatever it's called," continued the singer, known for his left-leaning political views. "It's very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue. It's a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that's what I can't get out of my head."
The band laid bouquets of flowers on a makeshift candlelight memorial on the pavement next to the scene of the deadliest incident, a shooting attack inside the Bataclan Theatre.
Gunmen shot dead at least 110 people watching the American band Eagles of Death Metal perform at the concert hall. The musicians survived, while Nick Alexander, 36, who worked at their merchandise table during the group's our, was killed, his family said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
At least 129 people were killed in all six attacks, the deadliest to take place in Paris since World War II. The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility.
HBO, Live Nation and U2 are "are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time,"
Our crew will be heading to Belfast and Dublin to capture the final shows for 2015. This has been an interesting year for the band one filled with grief, sorrow, loss and as well as many outstanding memorable times. No word has been given yet for 2016/2017 dates however knowing U2 we would expect the boys to head out on the next leg around the world.