As much as this is a blog about marketing, it is most importantly a blog about music. Without music, I would not be who I am today. I have no doubt in my mind about that statement.
If you’re on Twitter you’ll notice a lot of the big metal magazines are posting about the bands who have cancelled shows in Paris or postponed their European tours. But no one seems to be giving credit to those bands still playing.
On Sunday night I saw Jack Dalton, Caligula’s Horse and Shining play here in the Netherlands. The bands were scheduled to play Paris in three days time, unsure if they would make it into the country or if the venue would even be open.
The bands released these statements below. They still had all intentions of going to Paris, because as Queen would say The show must go on.
Last night these bands took the stage at Le Divan Du Monde, Paris.
I thought it was important to remind everyone that THIS is what music is all about. Standing up for your rights and your beliefs, sharing love and respect through your music. At a time like this where there is so much grief across the world music can help with this grieving process.
I am proud of these bands who also have family and responsibilities and had every right to be scared to play a show after the devastation. They chose not to be afraid and to play for their fans who needed to heal.
“At times like these when violence and fear and hate comes knocking at the door and it’s rampant all around the world.You guys have all been through something tragic, something I can’t even imagine. But I think its important to say out loud that the road ahead is not paved with that hatred, nor that violence, nor that fear. The road that is ahead of us is paved with love. It is paved with respect and inclusiveness and the fact that everyone is here tonight, shows me that we are not afraid to walk that road. I hope that after tonight we can all take courage and walk that road together with our arms open.”
Jim Grey, Caligula’s Horse
Watch the live video of Firelight from the show courtesy of Axelle Quétier.
Sending love and respect to all other bands continuing with their tours including Kadavar and apologies to other bands I may have missed.
Music has helped me get through so many tough periods in my life and without it I just don’t know where I’d be.
So I just wanted to say thank you to these bands, for reminding us that this is what music is all about and helping us with the healing process.
All images are from the bands official Facebook pages, thank you to whoever took these photos.