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by Elsa Keslassy, International Correspondent, Variety

PARIS -- After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people, members of U2 visited the memorial site near the Bataclan to pay homage to the victims on Saturday night.

U2 had been scheduled for concerts at Paris' AccorHotels Arena this weekend, the first of which was supposed to be telecast live on HBO. But the shows were hastily canceled amid the state of emergency declared by President Francois Hollande.

French media showed footage of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. somberly laying flowers at the memorial site strewn with candles and other tributes to the estimated 89 people who died while attending a performance by California band Eagles of Death Metal. Bono earlier condemned the attacks as a "direct hit on music."

The Foo Fighters have also announced the end of their European tour and have canceled their concerts in Torino, Paris, Lyon and Barcelona.

It's official. The remaining U2 shows in Paris have been postponed until further notice (http://www.u2.com/news/title/paris/news/). Listen to a shaken Bono talk on 2fm Dave Fanning's radio show. You can hear the somber tone in Bono's voice clearly in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Bono: "They hate music, they hate women, they hate all the things that we love, and this is an illness that is in the world now and we just can't give into it". Listen here:

by Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly

U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in Paris, which was slated to then air as the HBO special iNNOCENCE +eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS, in the wake of the tragic attacks in the city on Friday night.

The special, which would include the full concert experience, was slated to be filmed live on Saturday to air on HBO later that day at 9 p.m. ET. A documentary chronicling the band's Innocence + Experience tour aired a week prior on HBO. (The network will air the feature film Jersey Boys during that time instead.)

"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned," read a statement on the band's website. "U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."

Late Breaking News: U2 is officially in a safe location, following an outbreak of terrorism in Paris earlier on Friday. All reports are, from other U2 fan sites (U2Achtung, @U2, etc.), that their fans are safe. If you are in Paris, please do not queue up by any means, as there is a state of emergency happening still. The GA-midnight check-in is absolutely cancelled until further notice. Do not attempt to travel to Paris or France at this time. Thank you, and on behalf of U2Station.com, our prayers go out to the people of France.

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