Prince has now postponed his upcoming European tour due to the events of the recent Paris terror attacks. The musician joins several other artists, including U2 and The Foo Fighters, in delaying or canceling tour dates in European cities in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.
Prince, 57, was set to begin his “Prince Spotlight: Piano and a Microphone” tour on November 24, starting in Vienna in Austria and traveling to the UK and Sweden among other locations. He was set to head to Paris for two shows at the Palais Garnier opera house on December 11.
Prince revealed his decision to delay the tour via a post on his Twitter page. In a simple message with no other comment, the singer linked to a page on the Wiener Konzerthaus where the organizers posted a message reading, “‘Due to the tragic events in Paris, the tour promoter has decided to postpone the upcoming European tour until further notice.”
— Prince3EG (@Prince3EG) November 13, 2015
Interconcerts, the ticket company responsible for selling seats at the Prince gigs said, “In light of the tragic events in Paris, the organizers decided to cancel the European tour.”
According to Gigwise, Prince had ironically canceled his tour dates in the UK on the day of the Paris terror attacks, to avoid tickets falling into the hands of touts. Reportedly, organized gangs had scooped up many of the tickets and were putting them on sale, upsetting the singer no end. Prince posted a tweet about the situation.
MULTIPLE CHOICE: A. SCAVENGER B. VULTURE C. TOUT D. ALL OF THE ABOVE pic.twitter.com/IL4J5mZRhM
— Prince3EG (@Prince3EG) November 13, 2015
The postponed European tour is said to be the first since Prince rose to fame in which he will be performing with stripped-down instrumentation, literally singing with just a piano and a microphone, with no musical backing.
According to Ace Showbiz, Prince is among several other rock bands who have canceled or postponed gigs in France since the Paris terror attacks, which saw at least 129 people dead and hundreds injured, some critically.
— Birmingham What’s On (@WhatsOnBrum) November 16, 2015
The US band Eagles of Death Metal was playing in Paris at the Bataclan concert hall when the attacks occurred Friday night. They had just started their set when four gunman took the audience in the concert hall hostage, shooting members of the audience one by one, execution style, an attack culminating in suicide bomb attacks once Paris police stormed the venue.
As reported by the Inquisitr, while the band survived the attack, their merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, regrettably lost his life.
The band U2 canceled some of their concerts in their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, but still headed to Paris from Glasgow. Reportedly, Bono and the other band members paid their respect to the people who died in the Paris terror attacks with a makeshift memorial near the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died last Friday evening.
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The American rock band Foo Fighters was due to perform in the French capital on Monday but posted a message on Facebook saying, “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.”
The post went on to say that all tickets purchased will be valid for the rescheduled show and that details will follow soon.
While many are postponing their tours, Madonna went ahead with a concert in Stockholm Saturday, but she did admit she had felt apprehensive about performing in Europe.
“In many ways I feel torn, because it’s like, “Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”
Speaking of the Paris terror attacks, Madonna continued by saying while considering a cancellation, she realized this is what the terrorists want them to do. She said they want to silence them, but that they won’t let them, stressing the words, “We will never let them.”
Many other musicians paid tribute to the people who lost their lives during the Paris terror attacks during their concerts over the weekend, including Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Justin Bieber.
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