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.