US concert promoters implement new security measures in wake of Paris terror attacks

Plus: The Bataclan issues first public statement since Friday's tragic events


In the wake of this weekend’s terror attacks in Paris, music industry promoters are beginning to implement new security measures outside of concert venues, according to the New York Times.

Live Nation, which owns and operates hundreds of venues and festivals in the United States, confirmed an increase in its safety procedures. “However, because of the sensitive nature of these protocols, we cannot elaborate further on the specific details,” the promoter said in a statement.

The Times also notes that additional security members and police officers were present for a Justin Bieber event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday. The venue is operated by another prominent concert promoter, AEG Live.

Meanwhile, more and more bands are postponing scheduled performances in Paris. In addition to Foo Fighters, Deftones, and U2, the likes of Prince, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead, Julia Holter, and Braids have all decided to alter their touring plans in light of the tragedy.

However, France’s biggest movie theater chains have decided to reopen as of Monday. That said, the release of Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, has been delayed until early 2016, and public premieres for films including Bridge of Spies, Steve Jobs, and Legend have been canceled.

Today also brought the first public statement from the Bataclan since Friday’s events, which took the lives of 89 people inside the venue. The Bataclan wrote on Facebook, “No words suffice to express the magnitude of our grief. Our thoughts go to the victims, to the wounded, and to their loved ones. Many of you have wanted to gather in remembrance at the Bataclan. Unfortunately, the authorities still need to work at the site. We will keep you informed about when it will be possible to assemble in front of the hall. We thank you for your support, which touches us profoundly.”

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