Prince joins Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson in Paris show cancellations

The mighty Dave Grohl. Photo: Robb D. Cohen.
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The mighty Dave Grohl. Photo: Robb D. Cohen.

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

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Foo Fighters canceled the rest of their tour in response to the Paris tragedy. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Foo Fighters canceled the rest of their tour in response to the Paris tragedy. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.
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Foo Fighters canceled the rest of their tour in response to the Paris tragedy. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

[Updated Nov. 16: Add Prince to the list of musicians who have canceled upcoming performances in France or other parts of Europe. The tour was set to begin later this month in Vienna with a Dec. 11 show in Paris. ]

[Updated Nov. 15: Marilyn Manson canceled a scheduled Monday concert in Paris, while Canada's Simple Plan nixed plans to play a private show in the city on Monday. Paris has reportedly shut down all public places, including concert halls, until later this week. Georgia native Brantley Gilbert has canceled his remaining European tour dates, but promised fans he would return.]

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI

U2 and Coldplay were among the first acts to respond to the devastating acts in Paris Friday night.

Coldplay postponed a Tidal live stream of their Los Angeles concert Friday night and U2 postponed a pair of shows in Paris tonight and tomorrow, one which was heavily hyped to air live on HBO.

Saturday morning, Bono called in to Irish DJ Dave Fanning and expressed how the attacks are resonating with music 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. And it’s very upsetting....These are our people,” said Bono. “This could be me at a show, you at a show…It’s a very recognzeable situation. All our thoughts are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans.”

Foo Fighters, who played Atlanta last month at a massive outdoor show at Centennial Olympic Park, have decided to cancel the remainder of their European tour, which included a Monday date in Paris.

The band issued a statement:

It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.

Many artists turned to social media to express their horror at the terrorist attacks, which included a hostage situation that resulted in more than 100 deaths during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the 1,500-capacity Bataclan venue (today, a man set up a piano outside the club and played John Lennon's "Imagine" for the mourners gathered at the scene).

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