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Le Bataclan to Reopen

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After Friday’s horrible tragedy, everyone is now familiar with Paris venue Le Bataclan, from your average metalhead to human cancers who deserve to die with their dicks in their mouths.

A new piece in Billboard profiles the venue’s storied history — it was opened in 1864, and has actually been the target of threats from Islamic Extremists for the last five years — and includes a promise from co-manager Dominique Revert:

“It will reopen, no question about it,” he says. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”

Which is one hell of a move.

While I respect Revert’s determination in the face of horror, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, rock and roll shouldn’t cower beneath this kind of attack, and Le Bataclan reopening would be a loogie in the face of those religious zealot bastards who want to scare you into living under their tyranny. The first show at the reopened Le Bataclan will (hopefully) be a celebration of the fact that you can’t stop music, no matter how many of us you mow down in cold blood.

But on the other hand, 89 killed in a terrorist hostage crisis leaves one hell of a stain on the heart of a building. I can’t help but feel that Le Bataclan is now a solemn place. There are souls there, in a way. And maybe it should be left as that, a monument to those that perished. I felt the same way about the World Trade Center when it was became the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This place is forever changed, and maybe we should respect that. It’s all fine until someone finds a tooth.

But maybe that’s overly morbid and emotional. What do you think? Would Le Bataclan’s reopening be triumphant, or disrespectful? Let us know in the comments section.

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