Paris venue where 90 died could re-open next year

The two owners of the Bataclan concert hall do not want it to be a site of pilgrimage, are keen for the music to return

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The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed by extremists on Nov. 13, could re-open by the end of next year, two of its owners told a French newspaper.

Olivier Poubelle and Jules Frutos, who book the acts and own a third of the theatre as well as several other music venues around the French capital, told Le Monde of their devastation over the attacks.

“Two of our colleagues are dead. As are music professionals that we knew well. Others are seriously injured. I was not in the theatre and I think about that all the time,” said Poubelle.

The two who died -- a lighting technician and press person -- worked at another venue and were simply on a night out, enjoying the gig by U.S. rockers Eagles of Death Metal.

Neither has been back inside since the violence, but still pass in front every day to see the crowds and mountain of tributes.

But they are keen for the music to return.

“It should not become a mausoleum. Or a site of pilgrimage,” said Frutos.

“The team wants a reconstruction, the artists too. We talk about it a lot. But it will be a long road,” he told the newspaper.
“We are dead for the moment. But we need life. It’s vital that the doors reopen.”

Eagles of Death Metal have said they want to play the first concert if the Bataclan re-opens.