Earlier this month, the French government asked U2 to cancel a pair of concerts in Paris that were scheduled for a few days after the deadly terrorist attack that hit the city on November 13. The concerts were part of the band’s huge Innocence + Experience tour, and HBO was planning to film and broadcast one of them as part of a live concert special. Today, HBO has put out a press release announcing that the U2 shows in Paris have been rescheduled for December 6 and 7, with U2: Innocence + Experience Live In Paris set to air simultaneously with the December 7 concert. Bono has released a statement about the change and the attacks, saying, “so much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13 is irreplaceable. 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…we’re going to put on our best for Paris.”
HBO was supposed to air Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait Of New Yorker Cartoonists on December 7, but it has now been pushed back to an as-yet-unknown date.