The band have vowed to play their scheduled gig in Paris, despite Friday’s terrorist attacks.
Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers have said they will go ahead with tonight’s (November 17th) scheduled gig in Paris, despite Friday’s terrorist attacks. The band said they were motivated to go ahead with the gig after their experiences of growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, during which many bands would not come to Belfast.
Stiff Little Fingers will play a gig in Paris on Tuesday evening (November 17th).
A post on the band’s official Facebook reads: ‘Our sincere condolences go out to everyone affected by the Parisian tragedies. The music business is often sheltered from the harsh realities of life and this weekend they have come home with a dreadful finality.’
‘As you may know, Stiff Little Fingers are scheduled to play in Paris tomorrow evening and there is a lot of confusion around this date as shows are being cancelled or re-scheduled and so on.’
‘When we were growing up in Belfast, I was always saddened by the fact that groups would never come and play there because of the political situation. I was deprived of another "normal" part of life.’
'With this in mind, and with the wonderful co-operation of our Parisian promoter, the S.L.F. show at Backstage at the Mill, WILL GO AHEAD AS ADVERTISED tomorrow night. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.’
The gig will take place at the Backstage by the Mill venue, which is located next to the Moulin Rouge. Following Friday’s attacks in Paris, several bands have announced they've cancelled scheduled concerts in the French capital and tours across Europe.
On Saturday Foo Fighters cancelled their planned Paris show, which was due to take place on Monday. They also cancelled the remaining dates of their European tour. U2 also canceled planned Paris shows over the weekend and yesterday Prince announced he’d pulled the plug on his entire European tour, which was due to begin later this month.