Paris attack anniversary: Sting pays tribute to Leonard Cohen, Bowie, Prince at reopening of Bataclan. Hitting the stage to the subdued crowd, musician Sting has reopened Paris' Bataclan theatre with an emotional gig and paid tribute to the music legends David Bowie and Prince.
The 65-year-old British rocker began with remarks honouring the victims, who were killed when terrorists stormed the theater on November 13 last year during Californian rock band the Eagles of Death Metal concert, reported Billboard.
"We've got two important things to do tonight- first, to remember and honor those, who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue," he said.
Sting also called for a minute of silence, saying "We shall not forget them."
He then began a list of musicians, who had lost their lives this year.
"David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Lemmy...," he said before the crowd shouted "Leonard Cohen!" "And Leonard," he added. "This is for them." The musician dedicated "Fifty Thousand" from his new album '57th & 9th' to the legends.
Sting closed the gig performing a song on an acoustic guitar, which he had written in memory of James Foley, the journalist killed by Islamic State in Syria in 2014.
He told the audience that the song was "for everyone, who has lost someone."
"Keep my place and the empty chair, somehow I'll be there," the lyrics read.