The Music World Pays Tribute To Paris Tragedies

Last Friday saw senseless, cold blooded murders take place across the heart of Paris. 129 people were killed in total and many more injured when terrorists carried out attacks on bars, restaurants, stadia and a concert hall. It was in that concert hall, The Bataclan, that 89 music lovers were killed and over 200 injured during a mass shooting. People young and old had their lives tragically ended during an Eagles of Death Metal concert.French Flag

Almost a week on and the music world has paid tribute, along with many others, to the tragedies. While many bands are cancelling European shows and tours, Coldplay, Madonna and Pearl Jam used their music over the weekend to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and were affected.

Performing live in São Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, Pearl Jam dedicated their song “Love Boat Captain” which has references the 2000 Roskilde tragedy where a crush occurred, to the Paris victims. “Our love goes out to all in Paris” Eddie Vedder told the crowd in Portuguese. Like Coldplay, the band also performed a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

It was Madonna who made the biggest and most emotional tribute of all, it seems. Performing in Stockholm, she made a very heartfelt comment: “Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?” she said to the audience. “However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us, and we won’t let them. We will never let them”.

Justin Bieber has also paid tribute this week after a friend was a victim of the attacks on Friday. His friend Thomas Ayad was killed, who he said was part of his team “for years”. He asked his 70 million followers to “Make sure to appreciate people while you have them.”

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