As the death toll rose as a result of coordinated terror attacks in Paris -- including at a concert hall where an American rock band, Eagles of Death Metal, was performing -- a scheduled U2 concert to be telecast on HBO tomorrow night was canceled this evening. At least 153 had been killed at locations that also included restaurants and a soccer stadium in Paris, CNN reported.
U2 said on its website after 9 p.m. tonight:
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 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.”
HBO acknowledged the band's statement (the movie Jersey Boys will run during that time slot Saturday night starting at 9 p.m.).
This story has been edited as the death toll reports have changed.
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