Bataclan reopens for Sting in emotional night in Paris

Bataclan reopens for Sting in emotional night in Paris

Kerry Wise
November 13, 2016

The Bataclan, the Parisian music hall where 90 people were killed in a terrorist attack a year ago, reopened Saturday with a concert by Sting that served as a memorial to the dead.

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the deadliest attacks on Paris since World War II, British pop legend Sting dedicated the reopening Saturday of the concert hall where dozens were massacred.

A shocking 20 victims are still in hospital after three AK-47 brandishing Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists burst into the concert hall at 9pm on November 13 past year as Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal were performing Kiss The Devil to a full house.

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile", wrote Sting in the accompanying caption.

"When I first got to the venue and walked in, I walked past the dude who was supposed to be the security guard for the backstage".

Greeted on the stage to loud cheers, Sting, 65, paid tribute to those who were killed in the venue and called for the audience to stage a minute's silence in their honour.

The Bataclan was officially reopened Sunday (NZ time), with musician Sting performing a concert.

One concert-goer wrote: "Sting arrives, the room goes insane # Bataclan". "It's just too emotional for me". All proceeds will go to two victims associations representing survivors and the family of those who died.

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"We will not forget them", he said in comments carried by the Associated Press. "I come back to this bar every time I'm in Paris now", she said. "My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of November 13 are unfounded and baseless - and I take full responsibility for them", he said.

Aurelien Perrin, who survived the attack, said he attended the gig "because it's important to finally finish a concert that was never allowed to end". "It's a duty, there's an obligation to be here - because there are 90 people who can't come anymore", he added, visibly moved, his hands trembling.

Back in November of 2015, a coordinated terrorist attack took place in Paris where over 130 people were killed and countless others were injured.

"They knew that there was no place more secure tonight in Paris", she said. I think life must go on and continue.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for unity and more collaboration between European authorities to prevent terrorism. "But we have in ourselves all the resources to resist and all the strength to beat it", he said.

French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will unveil plaques in memory of victims at the half-dozen sites where revellers died.

Pete Doherty and the Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour and his Super Etoile de Dakar band will also play the venue on November 16 and 18, respectively.