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MS MR recall performing in Paris the night of attacks, vow to continue tour

By | Published on Wednesday 18 November 2015


MS MR have posted on Facebook that they are feeling “rattled and deeply distressed”, having been performing near the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday night. But, they add, they are continuing their European tour as “our form of resistance”.

The band had just finished their show at Le Trabendo when the attacks at Bataclan began. “The whole thing simply hit too close to home – it started only ten minutes away from where we were, in a venue so similar to the one we were playing, to another American band”, they wrote. “In all of its randomness, it could have been us, it could have been our fans, and it WAS our promoter, who was shot in the chest (thankfully he will survive) after leaving our show to attend the performance at the Bataclan”.

They continued: “It was a huge challenge to perform the next night in Amsterdam and last night in Zurich, but the only way to fight this kind of attack on the people and spaces we hold close is to continue on with our lives. Playing a rock show is our form of resistance: every night we try to create a safe space for the wildest forms of personal expression and to bring a little joy and fun to the world, the very things this sort of terrorism is trying to extinguish”.

The duo are currently in Germany, where they have a number of shows booked, and will finish their tour in Prague on 23 Nov. “We would be lying if we didn’t admit that there is a deep sadness and unsettledness surrounding the tour”, they said. “But now more than ever we need to continue to support and share our love and enthusiasm for music and community”.

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