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U2 Dedicates Paris Concert to Terror Victims, Joined by Patti Smith

By Staff

U2 dedicated last night’s concert (November 6) at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena to those that were struck down during the November 13 terror attack, as well as those killed in California last week.

The band used their massive digital backdrop to display the names of those that were killed, with the colors of the a country’s flag and Eiffel Tower in the background.

Before performing “Iris,” reports Ireland’s Independent, Bono spoke to the crowd in both French and English about the Paris attacks saying, “We can’t save you, but our prayer tonight is to be useful to you this evening—we are your servants this evening.”

“We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris,” Bono told the sold out crowd of more than 20,000. “We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul,” Bono said before launching into “Pride In The Name Of Love. “We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve.”

Related: U2 Reschedules Paris Dates, Concert Special

The Dublin foursome welcomed a surprise guest, Patti Smith, who joined Bono to sing a few of the final bars of “Bad.” They went straight into a snipped of her song “Gloria.”

The show ended with a performance of Smith singing “People Have The Power,” a track that U2 has been using to open nearly all of their shows this tour, reports

Watch the performances below.

U2 will take the stage in Paris one more time tonight (December 7). HBO will broadcast U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris tonight at 9 p.m. EST. It’s rumored that members of the Eagles of Death Metal will appear with U2 at the show.


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