Every day we get more reactions from musicians after the terrible terrorist attacks that happened in Paris ten days ago.
First Motorhead’s Lemmy has spoken and I didn’t expect another reaction from the tough old guy. He told ZDF ZDF Aspekte: ‘We were looking at the TV as it happened and they were filming it. You could still hear gunshots. It’s so dumb. Those people are so dumb. What for? Do you think it’s gonna be a heroic thing to kill innocent people? Assholes. Cowards.’
‘I would have gone on the day after. If they [the terrorists] stop you, then they win. And they’re not going to beat me. I mean, I do what I’m supposed to do. If the police cancel [the show for us], I can’t do [anything] about that. But we didn’t cancel it.’
He is a trouper and a warrior, so this is not surprising at all.
A more nuanced reaction came from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker who has written a spoken-word track about the Paris tragedy. It’s called Friday 13th 2015 and it goes like this:
‘I was going to bed, when a friend rang and told me to turn on the TV. I was worried about my son. I rang the friends house, but his parents were not home yet. They’d gone to the theatre. I didn’t want to panic them. I listened to the radio through the night. In the morning, I rang the friends house, and my son had left to catch the metro half an hour earlier. I was worried. He arrived home. We went to buy a new phone and some trainers, but all the shops were closed. I ended up buying a book about Kate Bush…”
‘A friend said the strongest statement of resistance is to just keep going,’ … ‘We’re all free to mess up in our own way. I love the way that you’re doing it. I love the way that you’re free.’… ‘Paris, I love you’. You can listen to Jarvis’ full show via BBC Radio 6 here, the spoken word track begins around 1:00.50.
Of course there was Celine Dion’s tribute to Paris at the AMAs last night, she sang Edith Piaf’s ‘Hymne A L’amour’ in front of Images of Paris and the Eiffel tower, after Jared Leto’s personal and moving tribute.
U2, who had canceled their show after the tragedy, have rescheduled two shows on December 6th and 7th at the Accorhotels Arena, with the second show set to air on HBO. They played a show in Belfast and paid tribute to the victims in Paris by projecting the words ‘Stronger Than Fear’ and an image of the Eiffel Tower as part of their stage backdrop. Bono also said ‘we refuse to hate because love will do a better job.’
There always is an outpouring amount of homages with lots of love and tears after such a horrific event, and I know that these messages of love are uplifting and comforting to hear, but honestly can we really choose love over hate in a situation like this? This is a very admirable feeling but it does not work when facing these absurd killers, in this case, I am with Lemmy who called these people dumb, coward and assholes… Give me his outspoken attitude over Bono’s politically correct utopia, Lemmy is the only one having the right attitude and using the right words. I feel better now.
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