Le Bataclan Will Reopen Following Paris Attacks, Manager Says ‘We Will Not Surrender’
Following the horrific attack at Le Bataclan in Paris on Friday (Nov. 13), the venue’s co-manager Dominique Revert said the historic theater will reopen.
“It will reopen, no question about it,” Revert told Billboard. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”
Le Bataclan was one target in several coordinated terrorist attacks in the French capital on Friday. Eagles of Death Metal were playing a concert when gunmen stormed the theater and opened fire on those in attendance, ultimately killing 89. The massacre accounted for the largest death toll in the citywide attacks, which have taken the lives of 129, injured 352 and put 99 in critical condition.
Eagles of Death Metal’s merchandise manager Nick Alexander, Mercury Records’ Thomas Ayad, Universal Music Group’s Marie Mosser and Manu Perez and French music journalist Guillaume B. Decherf were among the victims at Le Bataclan. The band made it out of the venue safely and have since returned home and canceled their forthcoming tour dates.
In a statement the band said, “Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.”