PARIS (TheBlaze/AP) — U2's performance in Paris on Sunday night wasn't just about music — it had a mournful tinge, too.
Frontman Bono paid respects to 130 people killed by extremists in Paris on Nov. 13, and 14 people killed in a mass shooting last week in California.
Names of Paris attack victims were projected on a huge video screen in the arena on the east side of the French capital, not far from the site of the Nov. 13 rampage.
Bono wrapped himself in a French tricolor flag for the encore, in which he sang a verse from French crooner Jacques Brel's "Ne me quitte pas," or "Don't Leave Me."
"We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris. We stand together with the families of those killed in San Bernardino," he said.
U2 cancelled last month's Paris concert that was to take place Nov. 14, the night after the mass terror attack — but the Irish rockers vowed to return.
"We have few words to speak to the loss that you are feeling in this city tonight," Bono told the crowd, later adding that "I guess grief is a wound that never fully closes."
The singer told the crowd that U2 can't "save" them, but "our prayer tonight is to be useful to you for the evening. And what an honor and a privilege it is to serve you this evening."
"We are your servants this evening," Bono said, noting earlier that "if you love liberty, then Paris is your hometown."
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