One year has passed since the horrifying Bataclan massacre in Paris, France, which killed 89 people in the venue. On Nov. 13, 2016, rock star Sting reopened the concert hall in a show of emotions that marked the first anniversary of France’s deadliest terrorist attack.
The singer, in a show of solidarity for the victims and their families, asked for a moment of silence after stating, “Tonight, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents. So before we begin, I would like to request that we observe one minute of silence. We shall not forget them.”
He then started playing his most moving songs, among which was his single “Inshallah” named after the Arabic word for “if God wills it.” He called “Inshallah” a “marvelous” word and a “word of hope” also noting the worst ever migrant crisis plaguing Europe. His effort was met with a round of applause from the moved audience.
French-Lebanese trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf joined the rock star for the tribute as well.
More than 250 survivors and the victims’ family members were in attendance at the reopening ceremony and were seated at the venue’s VIP area.
The proceeds from the concert will go to charities set up for survivors called “Life for Paris” and “13 Novembre: Fraternité Vérité.”