U2's Bono calls Paris attack 'first direct hit on music'

 Irish rock band U2's frontman Bono called Paris attack, that killed over 120 people, a first direct hit on music as many young concert-goers and fans were targeted.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 15, 2015, 12:15 PM IST
U2's Bono calls Paris attack 'first direct hit on music'

Los Angeles: Irish rock band U2's frontman Bono called Paris attack, that killed over 120 people, a first direct hit on music as many young concert-goers and fans were targeted.

The band, whose concert was supposed to take place yesterday night, was called off after series of attacks in the French capital and Bono said the whole incident is very disturbing, reported Variety.

"Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans. If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it's called. It's very upsetting.

"These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show, in that venue. It'?s a very recognisable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that's what I can't get out of my head," Bono, 55, said.

He also clarified that the decision to cancel the concert was made by the concerned authorities and not the band.

"We didn't call it off. It was cancelled, honest, and I understand perfectly why... It's up to the French authorities and the city to decide when we can go back," he said.

Following the attacks, the band released a statement yesterday.

"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 statement read.

During the attack Bono was rehearsing nearby at the Accor Hotels Arena ? where the group was set to perform on Saturday and Sunday.