As U2 cancels their show, they’re joined by entertainers ranging from Natalie Portman to the Foo Fighters to Coldplay in responding to the Paris attacks. And what these celebrities and groups, such as U2, share is a desire to demonstrate the strength of their feelings about the attacks, reported Fox News.
Although the Foo Fighters have scheduled a show in Paris tomorrow, the group cancelled their European tour dates that remain. Natalie Portman stars in Jane Got A Gun, but the movie’s distributor, Mars, responded to the Paris attacks by cancelling the promotions scheduled for the movie. Portman was supposed to go on a series of interviews as well as walk the red carpet for Jane Got A Gun in Paris tomorrow.
“Because of the events (Friday) night, we are canceling TV appearances, junket and preview appearances with Natalie Portman Nov. 15-16,” announced the company distributing the film.
Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Steven Spielberg were set for a photo call for Bridge of Spies today. However, Twentieth Century Fox, which is distributing that movie, cancelled the event, as well.
U2 was going to rock out Saturday night at a Paris concert. The plan was to have HBO broadcast it. However, U2 cancelled it for now, postponing it in the wake of the Paris attacks. The band plans to perform when the time is appropriate.
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight,” stated U2. “We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
As for the Foo Fighters, the band was going to play in Paris on Monday at the Accor Hotels Arena. But Dave Grohl is among those who are responding to the attacks with cancellations. The Foo Fighters cancelled concerts planned in Barcelona, Spain; Lyon, France; Turin, Italy; and Casalecchio Di Reno, Italy.
In a statement, the Foo Fighters also expressed their sorrow and prayers.
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”
A film entitled Made In France with a theme of terrorism was set to be released on November 18. However, the movie also has been postponed, and the movie poster depicts the Eiffel Tower with a an automatic rifle perched atop.
Also responding to the Paris attacks were the Deftones, who were supposed to play throughout the weekend as well as Monday. Deftones noted on Facebook that the band members as well as the crew were safe, and offered prayers for those impacted by the tragedy.
Coldplay chose to perform in the United States, but honored the victims of the Paris attacks with a moment of silence as well as a special song, reported E! News.
In addition, Coldplay postponed a KROQ and TIDAL streamed event that was live because of the tragic losses in Paris. The group’s Los Angeles concert was also short, and the cover Coldplay chose to open was John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
A fan expressed appreciation on social media.
“@Coldplay went on with an acoustic show tonight, played five songs after a moment of silence and promised everyone the full show in one week due to the events of today. Such a perfect moment of reflection about peace and love in the world….#prayforparis.”
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