Sting Reopens Bataclan By Honoring Victims of Paris Terror Attack


(Radio.com) Just one day shy of the anniversary of the Paris attacks, Sting reopened Paris' Bataclan theater with a spirited, but sobering concert. He began with a minute of silence to honor the 90 killed and dedicated the song "Fifty Thousand" to David Bowie and Prince, among others.

He then called for the minute of silence. The British rocker came on stage promptly at 9 p.m., welcomed by a subdued crowd. Before he played a note he talked about the victims that were killed when terrorists stormed the theater last Nov. 13.

"We've got two important things to do tonight," he said in French. "First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue."

"We shall not forget them," he said before launching into 1988's "Fragile," which features the lyrics, "Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could." Then Sting performed "Message in a Bottle."

He started to list musicians that have died. "David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Lemmy…" he said before the crowd shouted "Leonard Cohen!" Read more here.

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