Prince cancels European tour following Paris attacks
PARIS, France – Prince has become the latest act to cancel his European concert tour following the Paris attacks, his French production company confirmed on Monday, November 16.
The tour – entitled "Prince Spotlight: Piano and a Microphone" – would have begun on November 24 in Vienna, Austria, and would have included dates in Britain and Sweden.
The 57-year-old American was expected to be in Paris on December 11 to play two shows at the historic Palais Garnier opera house.
"In light of the tragic events in Paris, the organizers decided to cancel the European tour," said Interconcerts, a ticket company.
A similar message was posted on the site of Vienna's concert hall.
The tour was believed to be the first since Prince's rise to stardom in which he would have performed with such stripped-down instrumentation.
A number of rock bands have also cancelled tour dates in France since the attacks, including U2, who canceled some of their concerts.
Bono and the rest of the band members paid their respects in person at a makeshift memorial set up near the 1,500-seat Bataclan concert hall where 89 people were killed.
The California rock group Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the venue when gunmen burst in. Members of the band escaped unharmed and have returned to the United States.
Other acts who have cancelled tour dates in Paris are the American rock band Foo Fighters, who were due to perform in Paris today at the 20,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena.
Veteran English rock band Motorhead were also scheduled to perform in Paris on Sunday, November 15 and have cancelled. – Rappler.com
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