Billboard.com: Machine Gun Kelly on Performing in Paris: 'It Was Our Duty'
In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, during which 89 people were killed at music venue Le Bataclan during an Eagles of Death Metal show, artists such as U2, Foo Fighters, Brantley Gilbert, Marilyn Manson and Prince all canceled or postponed performances in France and Europe. Now, the city and its live music community are slowly picking up the pieces as venues re-open and fans cautiously head back out to shows around Paris.
Sunday night (Nov. 29), Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly performed at Parisian club La Machine du Moulin Rouge, his first show in the city since the attacks two weeks ago, making him among the first American artists to perform in the aftermath. As Kelly finishes his European tour in the U.K., he speaks to Billboard about the experience of performing in Paris, the anxiety and hesitation he felt leading up to the show and why he felt it was so important that he take the stage.
Tell me about the show Sunday night.
Man, there was this moment with the crowd after I was playing my song "A Little More" and we break the song down, I'm playing the guitar on it and we kind of play it like a stripped down, acoustic version. And while that was happening, they just started singing their national anthem. Like, the whole crowd, singing the loudest I'd heard them all night. It was so appropriate with the song selection and everything that song is about, and it was like as soon as it was over they busted out into this group rendition of their national anthem. And it was one of those moments when I put my glass in the air and we had a toast and a moment of silence.
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