Paris attacks: Belfast band Stiff Little Fingers defy safety concerns to play Paris gig
'We're just going to play a normal show, it seems like the thing to do ... everyone in the world has their hearts with you'
Veteran Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers have defied safety concerns to perform in trouble-hit Paris, telling the crowd: "The world has their hearts with you."
The Belfast four-piece, who rose to prominence during the late 1970s, said it seemed like "the thing to do" to continue with the gig as planned.
They previously said their experience of the Troubles and bands not coming to their native Belfast during the conflict prompted their decision to carry on with the show.
Addressing the crowd at Back of the Mill next to the Moulin Rouge - mainly local punters - frontman Jake Burns said: "Thank you so much for coming out. It's an absolute pleasure to be in Paris this evening.
"We're just going to play a normal show, it seems like the thing to do - I hope you agree."
He added: "Obviously everybody in the world knows what happened in Paris on Friday night.
"And everyone in the world has their hearts with you."
Many major international acts including U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Motorhead pulled their Paris shows after the devastating shootings that killed 129 people on Friday night.
The bloodiest attack came at the Bataclan theatre, where American rockers Eagles of Death Metal were performing when gunmen stormed the venue.
Tuesday night's gig saw the four-piece walk onstage with black tape around their left arms, while guitarist Ian McCallum wore a shirt emblazoned with the city's name.
They launched into opener Nobody's Hero, prompting a moshpit comprising veteran gig-goers.
English businessman Edward Marten, originally from Somerset but now a gold leaf salesman based in Florence, Italy, praised the band for fulfilling their commitment to play the show in spite of the recent security threats.
He said: "I'm not scared being here, no.
"I have liked this band since 1979. I come to Paris for work but I usually time it when there are gigs in town I like.
"Well done to them for coming here at this time. Others wouldn't."