This concert moment was…awkward.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor touring to capitalize on the popularity of “Murder on the Dancefloor,” thanks to the use of the song in the movie Saltburn. Unfortunately, one of the places was been booked to play is the Bataclan in Paris, the site of a terror attack where 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded during a show by Eagles of Death Metal. Awkward, no?

The show went ahead as scheduled on Tuesday (March 5). Before launching into the song, Sophie addressed the awkwardness.

“It didn’t feel right to me to just waltz into a song called ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ without noting and paying tribute to the history,” she told the crowd. “All I want to say is that ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ is not a song with any evil in its heart. The whole intention of that song, like this venue, is to bring joy and music onto the dancefloor. So in tribute to that spirit, and in tribute to everybody who has ever danced right here at the Bataclan, this is ‘Murder On The Dancefloor.’”

(Fun fact: The song was cowritten by Gregg Alexander of The Radicals and the song “You Get What You Give.”)

Alan Cross

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