Every life is truly important and those that have unfortunately been lost to the world should never be forgotten for simply living their lives on November 13, 2015.
One that hits close to home for journalists (such as this Examiner/axs writer) is the death of InRocks journalist William (Guillaume) B. Decherf who was attending and reviewing The Eagles of Death Metal concert. The 43 year old father of two daughters was amongst the confirmed dead at the shooting at Le Bataclan. He was scheduled to attend the Motorhead concert on Sunday.
More about Decherf and the magazine he worked for: http://bit.ly/1QE1WZZ
Amongst the six attacked locations in Paris was La Stad de France, where the President of France was, La Carillon bar, La Petit Cambodge (another restaurant), La Belle Equipe (another restaurant), La Casa Nostra (another restaurant) and Le Bataclan (music establishment). There are 129 confirmed deaths at this time with over 80 directed at Le Bataclan and over 350 people still injured, nearly 100 of them critical.
Le Bataclan was amongst the worst hit and supposedly the main target due to the band, The Eagles of Death Metal who performed in Tel Aviv the prior summer and also that the owners of the Paris venue were Jewish.
Thankfully, the members and most of the crew made it out safely, however, their Merchandise Manager for The Eagles of Death Metal, Nick Alexander did not make it out of the venue. A GoFundMe campaign has been put in place in memoriam.
Additionally, members of the Deftones are in Paris as well, who had three upcoming sold out shows (which are now cancelled in light of the tragedy and with venues being shut down at this time) but thankfully left before the tragic situation occurred.
Bands such as U2 and Foo Fighters have cancelled their performances in town due to closed borders at this time as well as security issues. Motorhead, Lamb of God and Deftness who were scheduled to have shows in Paris, either will be rescheduling shows or otherwise have not stated their updates at this time. Many have provided quotes at this time.
“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.”
“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th 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.”
“Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.”
Additionally, at this time, venues and public places remain shut down by the French government until further notice.