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U2 frontman Bono calls Paris atrocity an 'attack on music'

By Allan Preston

U2 frontman Bono has been criticised for saying the Paris attackers fired a "direct hit on music" when they targeted a packed venue full of young people enjoying a rock concert.

The band's two planned concerts in the French capital were called off at the weekend, in the wake of the terrorist atrocities last Friday night.

But U2's gigs in Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday and Thursday will go ahead as planned.

Fans plan to wear white to show solidarity with the 129 victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

But others have been critical of comments made by Bono in the wake of the attacks.

"If you think about it, the majority of victims were music fans," Bono told RTE's 2fm on Saturday morning.

"This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it's called. This, and the cold-blooded aspect of the attacks, are what are really upsetting, it could have been any of us."

In response, many took to social media to criticise the singer.

"Yes, let's make this about you Bono," said one woman on Twitter.

On the Belfast Telegraph's Facbook page, one woman wrote: "Absolutely nothing to do with music and everything to do with how many people can they kill at once.

But another contributor said: "I'm with Bono, it was attack on freedom, freedom of expression, to see a band without fear of injury. I can relate as a fan of all the bands at the Bataclan."

U2 laid flowers at a tribute to the victims outside the Bataclan theatre.

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