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U2 Is Defiant During Paris Concert: 'Tonight We Are All Parisians'

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Nearly a month after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, U2 offered a defiant and unifying message Sunday night during a 27-song concert at the city's AccorHotels Arena.

"Tonight we are all Parisians," the band's singer, Bono, told the crowd. "We stand together with the families who have lost lives here in Paris. We stand together with the families who have lost lives San Bernardino, in Damascus and Beirut.

"We stand together with the families whose children have been taken hostage by an ideology that shows none of the mercy or compassion of the god they deem to serve," he said.

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The Edge, left, Bono, center, and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Sunday.Benoit Tessier / Reuters

The show, which included two sets, an encore and a guest appearance by singer Patti Smith, also featured a massive screen with a French flag and the names of the victims of the Nov. 13 attack.

The Eagles of Death Metal, which was playing a concert at the Bataclan club the night of the attack, reportedly intended to join U2, though on its website, U2 denied this.

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U2 performs at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Sunday.Thomas Samson / AFP—Getty Images

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