Sting to re-open Paris' Bataclan concert hall on Nov 12 with charity concert


PARIS (AFP) - Sting will re-open Paris' Bataclan concert hall on November 12, a day before the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that left 90 people dead there, the British rock star said on Friday (Nov 4).

The former frontman of The Police said in a statement on his website: "In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile."

"First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second 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," the statement said.

All revenues from the show will be donated to two charities working with victims of the Paris attacks, the statement added.

The Bataclan was one of several Paris locations targeted on the night of November 13, 2015, when Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gunmen and suicide bombers also attacked bars, restaurants and the national stadium, killing a total of 130 people.

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