U2 is no stranger to fighting back in the face of terrorism. Bono spoke with The New York Times about plans for the group’s Paris concerts on Dec. 6 and 7. The shows, originally scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15, were postponed after the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan and around Paris.
“U2 doesn’t have a history of canceling many shows,” Bono told the Times. “I suppose the Irish in us just doesn’t want to give in to terrorism. We’ve had it all our lives.” The frontman said he could tell the shows weren’t going to happen after seeing the look on the face of Live Nation’s head of global touring.
Bono said that, instead, the band focused on helping Eagles of Death Metal. U2 offered the band the use of their plane, which they ended up not needing, and bought the fellow musicians new phones, since their phones were left inside the venue. Bono said he spoke to the group about their experience during the terrorist attack, and he thinks they should seek counseling. “Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things,” he said. “They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad.”
U2 is not significantly changing their show for their upcoming Paris concerts, although they may add special guests to the lineup. “If you were to write a script for Paris, and if it was U2 playing, you’d come up with a show similar to what we have,” said Bono. “That’s the funny thing. But it’s not only joy as an act of defiance; it’s business as usual as an act of defiance. This is not a concert for heroes. This is just: Do your thing.”
The U2 frontman said ISIS is a “death cult” and his band is a “life cult.” Bono said terrorists not only steal lives, but they attempt to steal equality and justice.
“In fact, from some of the reaction and overreaction — i.e. we’ll only take in Christian refugees — you can say they had a direct hit,” he said. “If they change us, then they were effective.”
U2’s Dec. 7 show will be broadcast on HBO.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.