Video: Pianist plays John Lennon's Imagine outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Watch Pianist Play “ImagineOutside the Bataclan in Paris

Watch Pianist Play “ImagineOutside the Bataclan in Paris

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Nov. 14 2015 9:44 AM

Watch Pianist Play “ImagineOutside the Bataclan in Paris

A man plays piano near the cordened off area around the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, after a series of attacks on the city resulting in the deaths of at least 120 individuals. More than a hundred people were gunned down at the Bataclan theatre in Paris late Friday during a concert by the US band Eagles of Death Metal. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)


On Friday, the Bataclan concert hall turned into a bloodbath when terrorists opened fire and took hostages at the famous venue where Californian group Eagles of Death Metal were playing a sold out concert. "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 at the concert, told CNN.

At least 87 people were killed at what is one of the best-known music venues in the French capital before police commandos launched an assault on the building. On Saturday, a musician arrived at the Bataclan with a piano attached to his bike and started playing John Lennon’s Imaginebefore stunned journalists. After the song was over, the pianist “became overwhelmed with emotion as he left,” reports ITV.


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