Sting to reopen Paris' Bataclan Concert Hall

Sting backstage at the Arena Regina di Cattolica during his Back to Bass Tour in Cattolica, Italy, July 29, 2013. — NYT pic
Sting backstage at the Arena Regina di Cattolica during his Back to Bass Tour in Cattolica, Italy, July 29, 2013. — NYT pic

PARIS, NOV 7 — Sting is set to reopen the Bataclan concert hall on November 12, one day before the anniversary of last year’s deadly Paris terror attacks, which saw 90 killed within the venue and 130 killed across the city in a series of attacks at local bars and restaurants and outside of a stadium.

The British rock star will play songs form his new album, 57th & 9th, to benefit the charities Life for Paris and 13 November: Fraternite Verite, designed to support the victims of the attacks, their family members, caregivers and loved ones.

“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,” Sting said in a statement. 

“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.”

He’ll be joined onstage by Dominic Miller and Rufus Miller on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.

Following Sting, Pete Doherty, of The Libertines fame, will perform at the Bataclan on November 16 and 17. 

Marianne Faithfull will play on November 25. 

Both performers are French residents; Faithfull lives in the capital, while Doherty lives in the sleepy suburb of Melun. — The Hollywood Reporter/Bloomberg

Tickets for Sting’s show will go on sale November 8 on the venue’s website.

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