German hard rock band The Scorpions became one of the first international music groups to play live in Paris in the aftermath of a string of terrorist attacks that rocked the French capital this month.
The Tuesday night show at the sold-out Bercy arena produced emotional moments, including when the band's drummer beat the rhythm of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, which the crowd sang acapella.
Singer Klaus Meine, 67, told the audience of close to 20,000 that the band had come to Paris to put on a celebration of peace and freedom.
"Our France tour is overshadowed by these sad and terrible events," he told dpa, ahead of the previously scheduled Paris concert.
The band wanted to express their solidarity with fans in France, Meine said.
Playing the gig in France was not just about the music, according to the singer: "Of course we're also here to deal with the situation ... this tragedy, respectfully."
After the terrorist attacks, many people attended large sporting and music events "with mixed feelings," Meine said. "We all feel threatened, we all feel attacked. This has hurt all of us."
However, it was important to make the point that life goes on in the aftermath of the attacks, he said: "It's a rock show. We simply want to have a wicked night with our fans and make a statement in favour of life."
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