Unidentified man plays John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ for a stunned crowd outside Bataclan concert hall

“What a moment,” one journalist at the scene said.

An unidentified man performed John Lennon’s classic song “Imagine” on a piano outside Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where over 100 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.

According to reports, the musician arrived on a bike and played the song in front of a rapt crowd, and then became overwhelmed with emotion as he left.

“What a moment,” one journalist at the scene said.


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    Nora Dolan

    November 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    How did the piano get there????

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    November 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    it’s a concert hall maybe it was already there

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    November 14, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Lots of cities have street pianos…we have some in Canada as well.

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    November 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

    From BBC: Davide Martello brought a moment of relative calm on Saturday to the area around the Bataclan concert hall, where scores of people died in the attacks.

    Mr Martello played John Lennon’s Imagine on a piano attached to his bicycle for a small crowd.

    He previously played at the sites of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, as well as at the Maidan protest in Ukraine, Taksim Square in Istanbul, and in Afghanistan.

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    November 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

    The worst of all evils is that one stemming out of religions.

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    November 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

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    Connie Gunderson Zorkocy

    November 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    And how did it stay in tune? Pianos don’t stay tuned out in the elements.

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    November 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

    “He pulled his piano with a bike up to rue Richard Lenoir ten meters from the Bataclan, the theater last night was the scene of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in Paris” (from you-tube)

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    Dana Born

    November 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Well the Bataclan is a concert hall so it was more than likely dragged out there after the attack.

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    Teri Donovan

    November 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

    It’s a concert hall. I imagine (no pun intended) that they have a few sitting around.

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    Teri Donovan

    November 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

    John Lennon had it right….

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    aboleyn (@aboleyn)

    November 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    He biked the piano in. There is a picture on another site of the piano attached to his bicycle.

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    Susan Provenzano-Raio

    November 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    does that really matter?????

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    November 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I’m going to take a ‘wild guess’… le Bataclan is a Concert Hall venue… musicians and bands regularly perform there… so there would be A Piano there too… since it was utter chaos after the massacre, I’m gonna assume that rescuers, police, investigators, etc., May have had to move some of the furnishings (piano, tables, chairs) out from inside… so the man was able to stroll by and play on piano, just by chance… by beautiful magical chance.

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    Debbie B

    November 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    It was outside the concert hall. Perhaps there has been one there as some form of advertisement or it was moved out??

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    Debbie B

    November 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I agree. I have found it quite interesting how many times I have seen this story posted today by friends on Facebook. Friends who consider themselves quite religious. It’s as if they have never heard the line, “…and no religion, too.”

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    November 15, 2015 at 12:46 am

    He towed it there on his bike – you can see him arrive in another vid of this

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    November 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I agree, Helio

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    Amy Simons

    November 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    In many places around Paris there are musical instruments for people to play for the enjoyment of others….maybe show some intellectual curiosity for a change and visit places abroad!!

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    November 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Your earthly hardened heart will not allow you to see or hear His cry to get your attention. He says He loves you and wants you to call Him when you’re ready. make yourself ready. Love more.

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    November 15, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    He towed it behind his bicycle.

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    November 16, 2015 at 5:26 am


    that’s a well know guy in Europe

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    November 16, 2015 at 5:28 am

    sorry, missed N on known, pls. correct my prev. posting Thanks

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