The Irish rockers' two gigs in the French capital were called off in the aftermath of the bloodshed on 13 November (15), when more than 130 died in a series of devastating gun and bomb massacres across the city.

The attacks included an assault on an Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan venue, close to where U2 were rehearsing for their shows at the Accor Hotels Arena, which were slated for 14 and 15 November (15).

The two concerts have been rescheduled for 6 and 7 December (15), and Bono is adamant the gigs will serve as an act of defiance.

"They (the terrorists) took a lot of lives we're not going to get back, but they're not going to change the character of the city of Paris," he tells the Associated Press. "Knowing our French audience and having a sense of them by now, I would say joy as an act of defiance. That's what U2 does, that's what French people want from us and that's it."

The singer goes on to explain the bandmembers felt devastated by the attacks, but they are determined to go back to Paris.

"These are our people and they're very familiar faces, the people in the audience, they're our people," he adds. "They're like my daughter, my son, they're like (U2 bandmates) Edge, they're like Larry (Mullen, Jr.)... so we took it very badly. But we're going back, you bet. Nothing will stop us from going back."

Bono also throws his support behind Eagles of Death Metal, who ran for their lives when gunmen stormed the Bataclan during their set, killing 89 revellers.

"We're very, very moved by the fact that our fellow troubadours, the Eagles of Death Metal, had such a hard time," he insists. "They're an extraordinary talented band, they've been through the most ugly nightmare and they have been very graceful about it."