In response to attacks in Paris at the Bataclan music venue that reportedly killed nearly 100 concertgoers, major concert promoters in the U.S. are making a point to increase security at live music shows. Live Nation, a global player in the concert industry, said in a statement that safety and security is its highest priority. “Due to the recent events in Paris and in an abundance of caution we have implemented heightened security procedures globally. However, because of the sensitive nature of these protocols, we cannot elaborate further on the specific details.”
Billboard noted that concerts featuring Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles over the weekend had particularly large police presences. “While there is no specific credible threat to Los Angeles County, sheriff’s personnel will be reminded to remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness,” explained the Los Angeles Police Department to CBS.
The horrific incident is also causing a cascade of music concert cancellations in Paris (and, for some groups, elsewhere in Europe), including scheduled performances from U2, Foo Fighters, Deftones, U2, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead, and others.
The Bataclan also made its first public statement about the atrocities on its Facebook page (translated by Consequence of Sound). “No words suffice to express the magnitude of our grief. Our thoughts go to the victims, to the wounded, and to their loved ones. Many of you have wanted to gather in remembrance at the Bataclan. Unfortunately, the authorities still need to work at the site. We will keep you informed about when it will be possible to assemble in front of the hall. We thank you for your support, which touches us profoundly.”
Eagles of Death Metal, a blues-infused rock group from California, were performing at the 1500 capacity Paris venue when the terrorist attack occurred on Friday night.