The Bataclan Reopens In Paris With A Concert From Sting

Nearly one year to the day of the horrific massacre that occurred within its walls, The Bataclan is once again open in Paris.

The French music venue targeted in 2015’s attacks has understandably been dormant since that time, but live music reemerged tonight with a special concert from Sting with the proceeds going to survivors’ charities. It was an engagement that the artist reflected upon in an Instagram post and one he took very seriously.

“In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile,” wrote Sting in the accompanying caption. “First, to remember and honour 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. We shall not forget them.”

BBC described the mood of the concertgoers as “defiant” and the atmosphere of the venue resembling a concert hall once again. Sting was more than willing to address the historical importance of the evening and the impact felt from the loss.

According to AFP journalist Katy Lee, Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal was refused entry for the reopening concert. His controversial comments about what happened during the concert have been cited as the reason why.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)