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HBO to air U2 concert from Paris on Monday night

HBO to air U2 concert from Paris on Monday night
Bono performs at the Forum in May as part of U2's Innocence + Experience tour. (Rich Fury / Invision)

U2 will perform its Innocence + Experience concert live Monday in a HBO broadcast in Paris, less than a month after a scheduled Paris concert that the group was planning was postponed when terrorist attacks in the city left more than a hundred dead.

As previously announced, "U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris" will be shot live at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy and air exclusively on HBO that same day.

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"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," frontman Bono said in a statement. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city. It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th.

The Irish rock group was set to perform Nov. 14 at the  AccorHotels, which HBO was going to tape live to air delayed in the U.S. for a prime-time special the following Sunday. But with the state of emergency across France in response to several attacks, the concerts were postponed.

The venue where the band was set to play is less than three miles from the Bataclan concert hall where gunmen opened fire during a sold-out show for the Southern California band Eagles of Death Metal, killing dozens.

The two rescheduled shows are dedicated to those impacted by the attacks.

"We're going to put on our best for Paris," Bono said.

Ahead of its first concert in the French city on Sunday, the group took to its website to address rumors about Eagles of Death Metal joining them.

"We're back in Paris and it's great to be here," the group wrote. "Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case."

There was no word on whether the SoCal band or another group would join U2 on Monday.

The concert will air at 9 p.m. in each time zone it is carried in by HBO.

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