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Coldplay performs John Lennon's Imagine in memory of Paris attack victims

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 November 2015, 16:26 IST

When news of the Paris attack broke on 13 November, Coldplay was preparing for their concert in Los Angeles.

According to a leading international entertainment website, the British band expressed their grief and planned to cancel their performance. But, when they realised that many of the concert attendees had travelled long distances to attend the event, they decided to let the show go on.

The band opened the show at Belasco Theatre in LA with a minute of silence, in memory of the more than 120 victims that died in Paris. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin then led the band in a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

Here's the video:

The band played for a short while, and signed off. They released an official statement later explaining the situation:

"Tonight's live stream for Tidal... has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show, with details to follow soon. For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we'll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn't wasted. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.

Love,

Coldplay."

On 13 November, Paris was struck by two suicide bombings and an explosion outside the national stadium during a soccer match between the French and German national teams.

Within minutes, according to Paris police chief Michel Cadot, another group of attackers sprayed cafes outside the concert hall with machine gunfire, then stormed inside and opened fire on the panicked audience. As police closed in, they detonated explosive belts, killing themselves. Over 120 people died in the carnage, while several have been injured.

First published: 15 November 2015, 16:26 IST
 
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