Irish rock band U2's frontman Bono has called the Paris attacks a first direct hit on music industry as many concert-goers and music fans lost their lives at the Bataclan theater on Friday. During the attack on the French capital Bono was rehearsing at the nearby Accor Hotels Arena where U2 was scheduled to perform over the weekend.

"Our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles of Death Metal fans. If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror, or whatever it's called. It's very upsetting,” Bono said in a Saturday phone interview with Irish radio host Dave Fanning, USA Today writes.

“These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show, in that venue. It' s a very recognisable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that's what I can't get out of my head," the 55-year-old singer said.

Bono and his band were rehearsing for their Saturday and Sunday night concert at a nearby venue when the attack took place but were safe at the location. "Our security locked it down quickly and we got our crew out of there safely. Then we watched TV like everyone else in disbelief at what was happening,” he said.

Following the Paris massacre, French authorities canceled U2's two weekend shows. "We didn't call it off. It was cancelled, honest, and I understand perfectly why... It's up to the French authorities and the city to decide when we can go back," he said.

The band also released a statement following the attacks. "We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe," the statement read.

In other news, all the musicians performing with the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal have come out safe from the terror attack inside the concert hall but according to Reuters, a member of their entourage was killed. The member has been identified as 36-year-old Briton named Nick Alexander, who is band's merchandise manager.

The Bataclan theatre attack was one of several sites around Paris targeted by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday which left more than 80 people dead at the site and at least 129 dead overall. Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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