Sting to reopen Bataclan concert hall as massacre anniversary approaches


Rock star Sting will re-open the Bataclan concert hall today, as mourners prepare to mark one year since the Paris terrorist attacks.

The former Police frontman, 65, will take to the stage at the 150-year-old venue, in the French capital, where 89 people were killed on November 13 last year.

Sting is honoured at the BMI (Ian West/PA)
Sting (Ian West/PA)

Islamic extremist suicide bombers - Frenchmen Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, Samy Amimour, 28, and Foued Mohamed-Aggad, 23 - stormed into the concert hall as US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal performed, while attackers also targeted cafes and the Stade de France. In total 130 people died, including Briton Nick Alexander.

Mr Alexander had been on tour with the American band selling merchandise, and tried to play dead when he was approached by one of the gunmen who opened fire.

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal
Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal (Barry Brecheisen/AP)

Sting said: "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."

He added: "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."

All revenue from the show will be donated to Life For Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternite Verite.

Eagles of Death Metal playing in September 2015
Eagles of Death Metal playing in September 2015 (Barry Brecheisen/Invision)

The Bataclan will play host to two gigs by Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, on November 16 and 17, while Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, famous for 1990s' hit Seven Seconds, will play on November 18 and 19.