Sting To Reopen Bataclan On Eve Of Paris Attacks Anniversary

Sting to reopen Bataclan on eve of Paris attacks anniversary

PARIS, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 04th Nov, 2016 ) - Sting will re-open Paris' Bataclan concert hall on November 12, a day before the anniversary of the jihadist attack that left 90 people dead there, the British rock star said Friday. The former frontman of The Police said he had agreed to the highly-charged gig "to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents.

"In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them," he added in a statement on his website. The announcement is a major boost for the venue which had reportedly been struggling to attract big Names back to perform there, fearful of the emotional weight of the occasion. All revenues from the show will be donated to two charities working with victims of the Paris attacks, Sting's statement added. On the day of the anniversary itself, survivors of the attack will attend the unveiling of a plaque in front of the concert hall, Paris city hall said. But the building itself will remain closed. The US rock group Eagles of Death Metal -- who were on stage when the massacre began -- will also be present at the ceremony, according to French rolling news channel BFMTV.