There was an outpouring of support in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, but one that received a lot of attention was of a man playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” near the Bataclan, the site of the most grizzly of the terrorist attacks, and we now know more about this mystery man.
Per The Guardian, Davide Martello was in a pub in Konstanz, Germany and watching the France vs. Germany match on Friday evening when the attacks near the Stade de France began. In a matter of moments, he decided to go to Paris with his piano on a trailer, because he “wanted to be there to try and comfort, and offer a sign of hope.”
Martello said, “I can’t bring people back, but I can inspire them with music, and when people are inspired, they can do anything. That’s why I played ‘Imagine.’”
Martello drove to Paris by car but to get the piano to the site near the Bataclan, he hitched the piano to a trailer attached to a bicycle.
— Ermete Realacci (@erealacci) November 16, 2015
Martello also brought his piano to Paris earlier this year to perform in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. While these performance are incredibly heartfelt and moving, we genuinely hope Martello won’t have to perform under these circumstances for a long time, if ever again.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.