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U2 sets December dates for Paris concerts postponed by attacks

The band was originally scheduled to perform in Paris on 14 November and 15 November.

FILE: Irish rock singer of the band U2. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Irish rock band U2 set early December dates for concerts in Paris on Monday, after cancelling two earlier performances following the attacks by Islamic State militants that took 130 lives.

U2 said they hoped to reflect the indomitable spirit of the city with their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS special, which will be filmed live and broadcast by cable TV channel HBO.

The band was originally scheduled to perform in Paris on 14 November and 15 November, immediately after the 13 November attacks on bars, restaurants, a soccer stadium and the Bataclan concert hall.

"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of 13 November is irreplaceable. For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind - but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city," frontman Bono said in a statement.

"It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on 6 and 7 December. We're going to put on our best for Paris," he added.

The 7 December concert will be filmed live at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy and will air on HBO the same day.

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