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New Sting tour following Bataclan reopening

The 57th & 9th tour of Europe and North America follows the ex-Police frontman's Bataclan reopening show, from which Eagles of Death Metal were reportedly ejected

By IQ on 14 Nov 2016

Sting, 57th & 9th tour, Eric Ryan Anderson

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Sting will hit the road again next February following an emotional show at the reopened Bataclan on Saturday.

The 57th & 9th tour, produced by RZO Entertainment and promoted worldwide by Live Nation Global Touring, will kick off on 1 February at the Commodore Ballroom (995-cap.) in Vancouver and conclude with two nights at Paris’s Olympia (1,172-cap.) on 12 and 13 April. Sting will be joined by special guests Joe Sumner (Fiction Plane) and Tex-Mex act The Last Bandoleros.

The former Police frontman reopened the Bataclan, which was closed for close to a year following the devastating terrorist attack of 13 November 2015, with a charity show on Saturday night.

He opened the show with a speech in French, telling the crowd – which included many survivors of the attack – “We’ve got two important things to do tonight: First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago, and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue.”

The concert was, however, marred by reports two members of Eagles of Death Metal – who were playing on 13 November and returned to Paris to “finish what [they’d] started” in February – was turned away for Jesse Hughes’s allegations Muslim security staff were complicit in the atrocity. “They came, I threw them out – there are things you can’t forgive,” Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos told AFP.

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