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U2 Announce New Date for Rescheduled Paris Concert

Sam Jones, HBO
Sam Jones, HBO

As promised, U2 have set a new date for their Paris concert originally scheduled for Nov. 14.

Forced to postpone the show in the wake of the terrorist attacks that gripped the city Nov. 13, the band vowed to take the stage “at an appropriate time.” According to a press release, the show will now take place Dec. 7, with a live HBO broadcast scheduled for 9PM ET.

“So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of Nov. 13 is irreplaceable,” said U2 frontman Bono. “For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on Dec. 6 and 7. We’re going to put on our best for Paris.”

As previously announced, HBO’s Paris broadcast is one of two U2 specials planned to promote the band’s Innocence + Experience Tour. The concert film, combined with a documentary helmed by Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim, promises to deliver what HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo, described as “the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage.”

While U2 didn’t take the stage as planned Nov. 14, they were in attendance at a memorial for the victims of the attacks, and have been publicly outspoken regarding what Bono referred to as “the first direct hit on music we’ve had in this so-called war on terror.” Those who tune in for the special can certainly expect an evening with somber overtones as well as the sweeping emotion that helped make the band a household name.

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