“It’s a rock ’n’ roll show!” Bono shouted not long into U2’s concert Monday night in Paris, but of course he knew it was more than that.
The second of two gigs rescheduled from mid-November, when they were postponed following the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people, Monday’s performance at the AccorHotels Arena represented U2’s proud return to France’s capital. The show, televised on HBO, also served as the final date of the veteran Irish band’s Innocence and Experience Tour.
And it provided a highly visible platform for the reappearance of the Eagles of Death Metal, the group that was playing Nov. 13 at the Bataclan in Paris when terrorists burst into the concert hall and opened fire, killing 89 audience members.
“Now there’s nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will forever be a part of the city of Paris,” Bono said after U2 closed with its song “One.” “These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours. They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.” Then he welcomed the Eagles of Death Metal onstage to lead a rousing rendition of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith, who had joined U2 for the same song on Sunday.
MTV’s top artists has Adele at …
Hello? MTV is out with its list of 2015’s top musical artists, and Adele made it to only No. 7 despite selling more than twice as many albums as anyone else this year. Fetty Wap, whose songs “Trap Queen” and “My Way” established him as a rapper to watch, was named top artist. Drake’s booty call groove, “Hotline Bling,” was chosen by the network’s staff as the best song of the year. Besides Fetty Wap, MTV judged Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar above Adele for best artist. Adele sold nearly 4.5 million copies of her new album, “25,” in the U.S. in just two weeks. The No. 2 album in sales, Swift’s “1989,” has sold just under 1.8 million copies for all of 2015, the Nielsen company said. “There’s a strong argument that (Adele) could be No. 1 and we welcome that back-and-forth,” said Eric Ditzian, MTV’s senior news director. “We wanted to take into context all of 2015.”
Ahoy: Kathy Griffin is ready to make waves as the first comedian to perform on Carnival Cruise Line ships. “Honey, just because I’m on the high seas doesn’t mean I’m going to hold back on the Kardashians or the (presidential) election,” Griffin said of her gigs set for Feb. 24-25 on Carnival ships docked off Cozumel, Mexico. Did the brassy, Emmy Award-winning comedian and Carnival discuss how edgy she’ll play it? “I did say to the Carnival people, ‘I’m 55 years old and doing 80 cities on my current tour, ‘Like a Boss,’ within a year. If you think I’m going to change it for the high seas, you are sorely mistaken,’ ” she said.
A return: Comedian Jon Stewart has returned to “The Daily Show” where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Stewart was a guest on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Monday night. Stewart urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act. The law expired last month but has enough funding to last another year. Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly.