The Paris Attacks Affected Musicians Across The Globe — Here’s How

Coldplay and the Foo Fighters have canceled plans because of the attacks.

On Friday, three teams of coordinated, determined terrorists gripped Paris in absolute chaos for three hours, targeting a soccer match, a busy neighborhood in the middle of the city and a music venue where American band Eagles Of Death Metal were performing. At least 129 people were killed, The New York Times reports, most of them at the Bataclan theater, where the concert took place.

One of them was British citizen Nick Alexander, a merch seller for the band. Another was Guillaume B. Decherf, a music journalist at French magazine Les Inrocks who had recently written about the band. No members of Eagles Of Death Metal themselves were harmed.

But the attacks began a rippling effect that spread to other musicians around the globe -- bands with planned Paris tour dates lined up, artists with live-stream broadcasts on the docket and groups who narrowly escaped the violence themselves.


The Irish rock band, one of the biggest in the world, canceled its scheduled pair of shows in Paris for Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 "as a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France," the official statement on its website said. The shows were due to be broadcast on HBO, though both parties (and Live Nation) "are fully resolved" to reschedule the performances. On Sunday, U2 singer Bono called the attacks "a direct hit on music."

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<> on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France.

The band later visited the memorial near the venue, where it had been practicing mere hours before the violence, to place flowers.

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The Foos have had one of their best (and craziest) years on the road in 2015, but now, Dave Grohl and co. have decided to cancel the rest of their tour dates throughout Europe. "This is crazy and it sucks," the band's official statement reads.


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The alternative metal band was scheduled to perform at the Bataclan theater on Saturday, though they obviously canceled. But what's more is that several of the band members were actually attending the Eagles Of Death Metal show where the violence broke out, singer Chino Moreno told a Sacramento TV station. All left before the violence began.


On Friday night, the group's planned a gig at the Belasco Theater in LA was meant as a sneak peek at their upcoming album, A Head Full Of Dreams, and was to be streamed through Tidal and KROQ. Instead, Coldplay scrapped those plans in favor of a quieter, acoustic set of older material and a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine."

Simple Plan

Due to the tragic events that happened in Paris last night and after consulting with our friends and partners at Warner Music France, we have decided to cancel our concert scheduled for Monday evening in Paris. The safety and well-being of our fans are always our absolute priority and this is why we have chosen to not go forward with the show. We are struggling to find the right words to express our sadness and the horror we feel when faced with such senseless violence. This tragedy hits very close to home, as we had the privilege to perform at Bataclan in 2008. We are devastated that music fans and artists were targeted by these attacks. In these difficult moments, our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families, to all our French fans and friends that we love so much and more specifically, to our friend and promoter Arnaud, from "Nous Productions", who is fighting for his life today. We have informed our friends at Warner Music France of our desire to come back as soon as possible to Paris, when the time is right. We stand with you Paris, united and in solidarity. See you soon, Pierre, Chuck, Seb, Jeff and David. Simple Plan.

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Scheduled for a secret show in Paris on Monday, the pop-punk band Simple Plan was due to board a plane and arrive in the city on Saturday. But lead guitarist Jeff Stinco told Billboard that those plans were scrapped in the wake of the tragedy. "We plan to go back to France as soon as possible," he said. "If the situation changes, we hope to show our support to our French fans by the end of this week." The band also switched its Twitter and Instagram avatars to the Paris peace sign.


Legendary hard rockers Motorhead canceled a scheduled show in Paris on Sunday night.


Over the weekend, Prince pulled his remaining 16 shows in Europe, including one at Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, where announcement tweeted above came from.

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The band canceled a Nov. 16 gig at Paris' Le Zenith venue, which is only four miles from the Bataclan.

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Two shows, one on Sunday and one on Monday, were both canceled "out of respect for the victims," the band wrote on social media.