fraternité

paris bataclan

Terror attacks obviously impact on us all one way or another, but seeing The Bataclan targeted brought it all much closer.  We have been to concerts there, and many of the Deep Purple guys have trod the famous stage including Ian Gillan and most recently Glenn Hughes. I was only looking into travel options to try and catch Cyndi Lauper at this venue earlier this year.
So it could have been any of us in that hall.
I don’t have any words of wisdom to sort it (at least that can be printed), and will happily man the barricades when it comes to it (given some of the locals, pumped up by deluded idiots, turned an area in Sheffield where I used to live into a battle zone on Bonfire night – unreported by national media – this might be closer than I’d like.)  I have admired the way the French have resisted in the past, trying to keep the secular status quo, and trust they will have the strength to continue on this path.
In the meantime we’re thinking of all concert goers in Paris, the many Deep Purple fans there who we’ve known (and some met) through DTB for years, and our best friends there, Thierry and Dominique, who invited us to stay over so we could attend numerous Paris shows in the 80s and 90s.

 

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6 Responses to “fraternité”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Many Thanks Simon

  2. deeninrock Says:

    Deepest condolences and sympathy to the French people and to the families of the victims. Nobody deserves this but through ages of Mankind’s history – we’ve seen these senseless killing and mass murdering by self delusional and fanatic psychopaths who are bent on enslaving others into their perverse and distorted thinking and ideology.
    We stay united with Paris and Parisians! As Churchill put it in 1940:

    “… we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …”

  3. Vincent John Collins Says:

    The area with the firework thugs got a mention on television – the BBC – though whether it was the national news or the local one I forget. (I have an inkling that it was at the end of the national one but inevitably would have been revisited on the local one.) It also got picked up on their web site – again quite how prominent it was I don’t recall – but here’s the story… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-34743906. The area is notorious for idiot youth… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27128105 …a story which, interestingly, takes care not to blame the ethnicity of the gang even though it states that. There’s no mention of faith, though, nor extremism. However, they were clearly nutcases as you say and it makes you wonder if such behaviour is one step away.

  4. Roy Davies Says:

    As we post from time to time on here we can often forget that despite our geographical and social differences it’s a mutual love of a band and a type of music that bonds us all together- almost as a family. Sure, like any family we bicker, argue, laugh but, in times of tragedy like these, we all come together in mutual support.

    Take comfort in the fact that the collective enjoyment and bond we share in our music with so many is so strong that no extremist, of whatever perversion or persuasion, can ever hope to destroy it.

  5. vincent chong Says:

    My thoughts and heart goes out to France .

  6. Jim Grogan Says:

    Sad day but hopefully this act of violence highlights the need for education in other cultures about tolerance of our cultures when at school

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