GrooveVolt has learned that U2's scheduled "live" special on HBO, which was scheduled to be broadcast Saturday (November 14) at 9:00 pm ET, will be cancelled.
According to sources close to the telecast who needed to remain anonymous, U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris -- which is scheduled to be broadcast from the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy, France (approximately three miles from the Bataclan theatre, where more than 100 people were killed Friday night, during a performance by the Eagles of Death Metal) -- the show and HBO special is "more than likely" to be cancelled.
France's borders were closed by French President Francois Hollande Friday night, and a state of emergency was announced. While members of the band are reportedly still considering whether to perform, the state of emergency might prevent the arena from opening and might make it difficult for fans and arena workers to get to the arena.
Some fans have posted on the band's Facebook page and requested that the show go on. Others have requested that it be cancelled in memory of those killed on Friday night.
Update 1: 9:22 pm ET - Hollande clarified that the French borders were not closed, but that additional security has been added.
NBC News reported that scheduled sporting events for Saturday have not been cancelled. French authorities are reporting that they are not certain that all of the terrorists have been caught and that it is possible that other attacks could still occur. GrooveVolt believes that, considering that no all-clear has been given, and likely won't be given in time prior to the scheduled performance, the initial report that the show will be cancelled will be confirmed soon.
Update 2: 9:56 pm ET - HBO has announced that the broadcast of U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris has been cancelled in the wake of Friday night's terrorist attacks.
"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.
Speaking from Paris 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.
And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”