U2 in call for mercy at Belfast concert

Bono, right, leader of Irish rock band U2
Bono, right, leader of Irish rock band U2

U2 singer Bono has called for a Europe of “mercy” as the band played its first concert since the Paris attacks.

The Irish rock stars were among those who had cancelled high-profile gigs in the French capital following Friday’s terrorist attacks.

They were performing at Belfast’s SSE Arena (formerly known as the Odyssey, and are set to play there again on Thursday.

Bono asked Belfast concertgoers whether they wanted “a Europe with its heart open or its borders closed to mercy”.

Guitarist Adam Clayton wore a ‘Stiff Little Fingers’ T-shirt in tribute to the Northern Ireland outfit which refused to cancel a concert following the carnage.

Stiff Little Fingers – a long-running punk band who became famous through their songs about the frustration of living through the Troubles – had played in Paris on Tuesday night.

On that occasion, the lead singer Jake Burns had told his Parisian audience: “Obviously everybody in the world knows what happened in Paris on Friday night. And everyone in the world has their hearts with you.”