Eagles Of Death Metal have returned to Le Bataclan for the first time since 90 people were killed during the band’s gig at the Paris music venue last month (November 13).
The band’s performance at the venue was cut short by an armed assault by terrorists, part of a series of attacks on the French capital.
In an interview following the attacks, the band’s frontman Jesse Hughes said that he “wants to be the first person to play in the Bataclan when it [re]opens”.
Having made a surprise appearance at U2’s Paris gig on Monday night, the band visited Le Bataclan on Tuesday (December 8), laying flowers and cards at the site. The venue has become a shrine to those killed during the Paris attacks, in which 130 people died overall.
Singer Hughes is seen breaking down in tears and being comforted by bandmates after appearing overwhelmed by the situation.
The band issued a statement after performing with U2 last night (December 7).
As reported, the band joined U2 at the AccorHotels Arena and performed a cover of Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power’ alongside the Irish band before ending the gig with their own song ‘I Love You All The Time’.
Jesse Hughes issued a statement thanking Bono and U2 for their support in recent weeks.
“We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks,” the statement begins. “They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock’n’rollers cannot either… and we never will. We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock’n’roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city.
“Thank you to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam, thank you to their wonderful management, thank you to France, and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016. See you again in February, Paris.”
During both rescheduled concerts, U2 paid tribute to those that died in the terrorist attacks with the victims’ names displayed in blue, white and red on a large screen behind the band as they played live.
“We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris,” Bono told the audience on Sunday night (December 6). He added, “We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul. We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve.”
This article first featured on nme.com
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