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Foo Fighters, U2 cancel concerts after Paris attacks

2015-11-16 07:10

Los Angeles - New York — The Foo Fighters, U2 and other entertainers have cancelled events in Paris following deadly terrorist attacks in the city.

U2 postponed its Saturday night concert in Paris, which was to be aired by HBO, while The Foo Fighters cancelled the remaining dates of their European tour, including a planned show in Paris on Monday.

The Dave Grohl-led band cancelled Friday night's show in Casalecchio Di Reno, Italy, as well as concerts in Turin, Italy; Lyon, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

"It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now," the band said in a statement released on Saturday.

"There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one."

U2 said they will perform their show "at an appropriate time."

"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight," the band said in a statement released on Friday.

"We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe."

Deftones cancel three shows:

At least 129 people were killed on Friday by suicide bombings near France's national stadium, shootings at Paris cafes and a hostage-taking inside the concert theatre, Bataclan, where American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was scheduled to perform.

The Grammy-winning U.S. rock band Deftones were also scheduled to play at the venue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"Thank for all your inquiries on our well-being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events," Deftones wrote on its Facebook page on Friday.

Motorhead and Marilyn Manson follow suit with cancelled shows:

Hard rockers Motorhead and Marilyn Manson were the latest on Sunday forced to cancel Paris shows.

The Zenith, one of the most prominent venues in Paris, said that authorities had ordered a suspension of concerts amid the massive probe into the attacks.

"It was not The Zenith or the artists who wanted to cancel their shows, but we cannot go against the local government decree," the 6 000-capacity venue said on its website.

Motorhead, the high-decibel English rockers led by "Lemmy", had been due to play on Sunday and earlier the band said it would go ahead with the show.

The band has since said it would reschedule the concert, possibly for 2016.

Marilyn Manson, the US rocker known for his dark subject matter, had been scheduled to perform at The Zenith on Monday.

He wrote on his website that he would resume his tour on Wednesday in Brussels.

The Zenith, which said it had put in place extra security, plans to restart concerts on Tuesday with English soul-pop band Simply Red.

No major shows are due until Tuesday in Paris with another venue, The Olympia, calling off a performance scheduled on Monday by California rockers Papa Roach.

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