Ariana Grande Resumes World Tour In Paris, Security At ‘Highest Level’ During Event
Ariana Grande hit the big stage once more as she resumed her “Dangerous Woman Tour” in Paris, weeks after it was suspended due to the tragic Manchester terrorist attack.
On Wednesday, Ariana Grande continued the European leg of her tour at AccorHotels Arena. The 23-year-old pop star performed in front of thousands of her loyal fans who never failed to show their support.
Earlier in the day, the “Side to Side” singer took to Instagram and remembered her fans whose lives were lost in the horrific Manchester attack.
In her post, she shared a photo of the Eiffel Tower and captioned it, “Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart. Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you.”
During her concert, security was ramped up to the highest level. According to reports, there was a heavy police presence outside the venue, and surrounding roads were blocked off to traffic before the concert was due to start.
Fans attending Ariana Grande’s concert in Paris also had to undergo individual pat-downs by security guards before entering the AccorHotels Arena. In addition, security staff searched all bags. Police officers with sniffer dogs also patrolled the area.
Security in Paris, particularly at AccorHotels Arena, has been put to the highest level following multiple safety threats in the country.
According to reports, Ariana Grande’s gig in Paris came 24 hours after police shot and injured a man who reportedly attacked an officer outside the iconic Notre Dame cathedral. Sources revealed that the man, who claimed to be an Algerian student, used a hammer during the attack and shouted, “This is for Syria.” There were also claims that the man also had two kitchen knives and other “unsophisticated weapons.”
A couple days before the Notre Dame incident, terror attacks took place at London Bridge and Borough Market. According to reports, a van veered off the road of the iconic London Bridge around 10 p.m., plowing through a crowd of pedestrians. Sources also revealed that three armed men exited the vehicle and stabbed innocent bystanders. Terror attacks were also reported at Borough Market, where suspects went on a stabbing spree around the busy district.
It can be recalled that Ariana Grande’s world tour was cut short after a nail bomb was set off in the lobby of the Manchester Arena, where the songstress had performed. The suspect, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, killed 22 people and left 119 injured.
Prior to the continuation of her “Dangerous Woman Tour” in Paris, Ariana Grande held the star-studded “One Love Manchester” benefit concert in Manchester. The event was attended by over 50,000 fans, who showed no sign of fear on the recent tragedies that hit the country.
Ariana Grande’s benefit concert featured the biggest names in the music industry today, including Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Robbie Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, Marcus Mumford, Katy Perry, and more.
According to reports, the “One Love Manchester” concert was a massive success, raking in $12 million. The organizers of the event reportedly expect it to go even higher. A source revealed to TMZ that “when it’s all counted it should be enough to take care of the victims and their families.”
Aside from the benefit concert, Ariana Grande also showed her support to those hurt by the terror attack by releasing her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” which she performed during the event. The song is now available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.
A 39-song “One Love Manchester” album is also available to stream online. According to reports, all proceeds from the album and single will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
[Featured Image by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester/Getty Images]