Songs about peace

Madonna plays surprise show for the victims of the Paris attacks

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Madonna performs at the O2 as part of her 'Rebel Heart' world tour at The O2 Arena on December 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Madonna played an intimate, impromptu show in Paris to help “spread a light” at the Place de la République in Paris, where mourners have been gathering to remember the victims of the 13 November attacks. She headed there after her  show at the Bercy Arena on Wednesday night, after tipping off her fans about the aftershow on Twitter. She was joined by guitarist Monte Pittman and her 10-year-old son David Banda to perform some “songs about peace” — playing “Ghosttown,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Like A Prayer.”

“Everybody knows why we’re here” she told a small crowd. ”We just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honor and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light … we all need it.”

Earlier that night, at the arena show part of her “Rebel Heart” tour, the singer had wrapped herself in a French tricolor, singing the “Marseillaise,” and telling her audience: “We will not bend down to fear! I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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