Concert giant Live Nation has vowed to increase security at its venues following the terror attacks in Paris.
“The safety and security of our shows, fans and venues continues to be our highest priority,” the company said in a statement. “Due to the recent events in Paris and in an abundance of caution we have implemented heightened security procedures globally. However, because of the sensitive nature of these protocols, we cannot elaborate further on the specific details.”
Some in the industry pointed out that it’s unclear if greater security measures would be effective against such highly coordinated attacks. “It’s only logical for major venues worldwide to have heightened security,” said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert industry trade magazine Pollstar. “But the truth is that there is only so much anyone can do to stop a wave of suicidal attackers.”
Red Bull Music Academy Paris has postponed all public shows until at least November 19 following the attacks, which left 129 dead, 89 of them at an Eagles of Death Metal gig at Le Bataclan. Many other Paris gigs have been cancelled this week, including appearances by Hiatus Kaiyote, Julia Holter and Motorhead. A French music journalist, a record label employee and the band’s merch seller are among the victims identified so far.
Le Bataclan has issued its first public statement since the attacks, saying “no words suffice to express the magnitude of our grief.” The venue added in a Facebook statement: “Many of you have wanted to gather in remembrance at the Bataclan. Unfortunately, the authorities still need to work at the site. We will keep you informed about when it will be possible to assemble in front of the hall. We thank you for your support, which touches us profoundly.” [via New York Times]