Paris attacks: U2's Bono slammed over 'direct hit on music' comments in wake of France terrorist atrocities
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.
"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, because it means 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.
While 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.
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, where Eagles of Death Metal had been playing a gig.
"Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans," Bono told the 'Dave Fanning Show'.
The band's Irish gigs later this week are set to go ahead as planned, including their first Belfast gig in 18 years on Wednesday.
Fans have started a campaign to wear white to the concert to show solidarity with victims of terror.
"Wear something white if you can and most importantly, wave something white, like a napkin, tissue, piece of cloth or paper," they posted on social media last night.
U2 play Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Source: Irish Independent