In the wake of the Paris attacks, rock band Coldplay decided to postpone their show in Los Angeles. They were originally scheduled to perform hits from their upcoming album, A Head Full of Dreams, but decided to postpone their performance in the light of the recent attacks in Paris.
Coldplay announced the cancellation of the show on their website in the following message.
“Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.”
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 16, 2015
Instead, the band opted for a more poignant, somber affair. They decided to play a short set list of old hits, stating the following.
“We’ll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn’t wasted. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.”
Perhaps the most touching moment of the Coldplay event was their rendition of John Lennon’s, “Imagine,” which has become a song of solace and protest for peace in the wake of many tragedies. Coldplay isn’t the first to cover the song in the wake of the Paris tragedy.
Right after the attacks, a mourner decided to play Lennon’s “Imagine” on the piano as hundreds gathered outside of the Bataclan venue to remember those who lost their lives and their families. The unknown musician performed an instrumental version of the song for mourners.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, many bands have canceled scheduled concerts. As Inquisitr reported, U2 canceled their show in Paris, which was scheduled to be broadcast live. At the time, U2 made the following statement.
“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. 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.”
The Foo Fighters decided to cancel their European tour, as well, with the following statement.
“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.”
Musicians aren’t the only ones canceling gigs in the wake of the attacks. Jane Got A Gun, a film starring Natalie Portman decided to cancel the promo for the film, which was scheduled to take place in Paris. Mars, the distribution company behind the already troubled film, said that they were canceling Portman’s TV appearances, junkets and preview appearances that were scheduled to be made on November 15 and 16.
At the Inquisitr reported, the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 already completed their press tour in Paris, but red carpet interviews were canceled at the Los Angeles premiere. A rep from Lionsgate clarified the changes to the event.
“Out of respect for the very recent events in Paris, we have decided to modify our red carpet and we will not conduct interviews at Monday’s Mockingjay 2 premiere. We will proceed with the rest of the event as planned in honor of the incredible fans who have always supported our films with such passion.”
In addition, Bridge of Spies canceled a photo call with Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Steven Spielberg.
What do you think of the recent responses in the entertainment industry due to the Paris attacks?
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