As hundreds of mourners gathered outside Paris’ Bataclan concert hall, the site of a terror attack at an Eagles of Death Metal show which has resulted in the death of 129 people, a pianist set up a grand piano outside the concert hall and delivered a poignant, emotional instrumental take on John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
On Friday, a group of heavily armed terrorists from the Islamic State (ISIS), opened fire and took hostages at the famous venue. “We heard so many gunshots and the terrorists were very calm, very determined and they reloaded three or four times their weapons and they didn’t shout anything. They didn’t say anything,” Julien Pearce, a radio reporter who was attending the concert, told CNN.
Saturday, an unnamed musician arrived to the Bataclan with a piano attached to his bike and began to play “Imagine.” After the song was over, the pianist “became overwhelmed with emotion as he left.”
Devant le Bataclan, un pianiste est venu rendre hommage aux victimes de l'attentat pic.twitter.com/AmISvyacKP
— Maud Vallereau (@maudvallereau) November 14, 2015
France has officially declared three days of national mourning following Friday’s deadly attacks.
As the iconic Eiffle tower went dark last night, hundreds of landmarks around the world lit up with the colors of the French flag to honor the victims of the Paris attacks.