Paris attacks: U2 cancel concert in the city

U2 performing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on Sept 8, 2015.
U2 performing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on Sept 8, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Irish rock band U2 cancelled a Paris concert planned for Saturday (Nov 14) following a series of attacks in the French capital that killed more than 120 people.

"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," the group wrote on their website late on Friday.

The band, one of the world's most celebrated music groups, added they were "fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time", along with the promoters and the HBO television network that had planned a live broadcast of the concert.

U2 already had performed in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday, and another show has been planned for Sunday, although it is uncertain whether that performance will go ahead.

The statement was posted on the www.U2.com website.

A wave of coordinated attacks, including shootings, explosions and a hostage taking at a music concert, left more than 120 people dead throughout Paris on Friday.