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Before heading back to Ireland, the members of U2 joined mourners in Paris at a vigil near the city’s Bataclan music hall, where 129 people were killed on Friday night as part of the coordinated terrorist attacks.

Bono and his bandmates laid flowers at a streetside memorial for the 129 victims.

The band was set to give a live HBO concert in Paris on Saturday night but quickly decided to cancel the concert after the horrifying events of Friday night.

Speaking to an Irish radio station on Saturday, Bono said that the band was in Paris Friday preparing for the show when the attacks occurred. “Our security locked it down pretty quickly and we got our team and our crew out of there safely,” Bono told Irish DJ Dave Fanning.”We came to the back door of the hotel. Everyone congregated and watched the TV like everybody else in disbelief with what was happening.”

Bono said he was most disturbed by the fact that music fans — attendees at an Eagles of Death Metal concert — were specifically targeted during the attacks. “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 or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue.”

He added, “It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”

Bono said that he feels “U2 has a role to play” in the aftermath of the attacks, adding, “I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us.”

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