Paris Attacks: U2 Cancels Saturday and Sunday Concerts; HBO Special Rescheduled for Dec. 7

The band was slated to perform Saturday in a concert broadcast live on the premium cable network.
Jeff Kravitz
U2's Bono

Updated, Nov. 23: HBO announced that the live Paris concert broadcast will now be held Monday, Dec. 7, at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy. That will preempt the originally scheduled Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists. A debut date for the latter has not been determined. Both of U2's scheduled Nov. 13 and  14 shows have been rescheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.

Previous, Nov. 13: U2 has opted to cancel its planned concert Saturday in Paris following Friday's deadly attacks.

The show, part of its Innocence + Experience tour, was slated to be broadcast live on HBO. A repeat of feature film Jersey Boys will air in its place Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned," U2 wrote on its website Friday. "U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."

In a statement, the band said:  "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 band was minutes away from the shootings Friday, Billboard reported. Lead singer Bono was rehearsing nearby at the Accor Hotels Arena — where the group was set to perform Saturday and Sunday. Band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. as well as crewmembers were promptly moved into lockdown and are safe at nearby accommodations, insiders said. 

The news follows a series of deadly attacks late Friday in and around Paris. French President Francois Hollande announced that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency. Hollande has since canceled his planned trip to the G-20 meeting in Turkey.

As of press time, the Associated Press was reporting that the death toll could top 120 after shootings and explosions at six sites, including at a concert hall where patrons were taken hostage. The AFP reported that around 100 people were killed at the Paris concert hall where California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was scheduled to play.

HBO announced in July that it would air a live broadcast of U2's stop at Paris' Accor Hotels Arena. The band was slated to perform Saturday and Sunday at the Paris arena.

On Saturday, the band posted on its website that "as a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned." Read the full statement below:

As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

Speaking from Paris the band said: “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.”

Nov. 15, 1:08 p.m.: Updated with news of Sunday's concert cancellation and the statement from U2.

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