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U2 cancel concert due to take place in Paris tonight

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U2 say they are 'devastated'
U2 say they are 'devastated'

U2 have cancelled a concert due to take place in Paris tonight.

A statement on the band's website said the decision was taken "as a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France" but organisers were "fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time".

Speaking from the French capital the band said: "We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.

"We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.

"We hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe."

All members of the Eagles Of Death Metal, who were scheduled to perform at a Paris venue where at least 100 people were killed, are safe and have been accounted for, a US official has said.

The American rock band were supposed to play at the Bataclan, a theatre in eastern Paris near the trendy Oberkampf area.

Officers entered the venue where hostages were being held but attackers, wearing suicide belts, blew themselves up, leaving 80 people feared dead - with earlier reports indicating 100 had been killed.

The US official, briefed by the Justice Department, was not authorised to discuss the briefing publicly and spoke to the Associated Press about the band on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, the band's management posted on their Facebook page: "We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."

The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), quoting the brother of the band's drummer, reported that all band members escaped the concert hall unharmed. The paper identified the drummer as Julian Dorio, from Atlanta.

"They saw a man with a machine gun just opening fire," his brother Michael Dorio told the newspaper.

Mr Dorio said his brother told him band members hit the floor when they spotted the gunmen, and then ran out through a backstage door.

They dashed to a nearby police station, where Julian Dorio borrowed a mobile phone to call his family in Atlanta, Michael Dorio said.

The band, formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California, was celebrating the October release of Zipper Down with a European tour. It is their first album in seven years.

They played a concert at Dublin's Olympia Theatre earlier this week, according to their Facebook page.

The AJC said Julian Dorio is not a full-time member of the band but had joined them for the European tour.

Josh Homme - the frontman and founder of Queens Of The Stone Age - formed Eagles Of Death Metal with his best friend, Jesse Hughes.

Though their name is Eagles Of Death Metal, the band's sound is a mix of blues and garage rock.

Their website lists about two dozen dates planned for the year, including stops in Munich, Stockholm, Rome and Barcelona.

In an interview in June with the Associated Press, the band spoke excitedly about releasing new music and heading on tour.

"You know, I'm telling you the truth, but this is the coolest job in the world," Hughes said, sitting next to Homme.

"Right now I'm sitting in an interview with my best friend in London at Koko's Ballroom talking about myself. It doesn't really get much better than this."