Bono gave an interview with Irish radio DJ Dave Fanning, where he talked about the experience U2 had on Friday night, as they were rehearsing for their upcoming show.
“Our security locked it down pretty quickly and we got our team and our crew out of there safely,” Bono said. “We came to the back door of the hotel. Everyone congregated and watched the TV like everybody else, in disbelief with what was happening. We’re all safe.”
He also clarified that it was not the band’s decision to cancel the live concert that was scheduled to air on HBO Saturday night.
“We didn’t call it off,” Bono said. “It was canceled, honestly, and I understand perfectly why… It’s up to the French authorities and the city to decide when we can go back.”
The fact that the terrorist attack occurred at a concert hit the band hard, and he expressed the thoughts that have run through the minds of all music fans and concert goers.
“Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans,” he said. “If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it’s called. 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 cold-blooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”
Nonetheless, the band is ready to play, and ready to play Paris.
“Music is very important,” Bono continued. “I think U2 has a role to play and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us.”
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