The Eagles of Death Metal Return to Paris for First Time Since Terror Attacks
The band did not, despite expectations, join U2's rescheduled concert
The American band was performing at the city’s Bataclan concert hall when gunmen attacked and killed 89 people. While none of the band members were killed that night, the group’s merchandising manager, Nick Alexander, died, along with three employees of their record label: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.
The Eagles of Death Metal were photographed arriving to the City of Light amid rumors they would take the stage with band U2, who performed a rescheduled concert at the AccorHotels Arena on Sunday night. The group postponed their original Nov. 14 show in the wake of the attacks.
During U2’s song “City of Blinding Lights,” images of Paris scrolled across the venue’s screens and displayed the names of those who lost their lives, according to the band’s website.
“Tonight we are all Parisiens,” Bono told the audience. “If you love liberty – Paris is your hometown.”
While the Eagles of Death Metal did not join U2, the latter still has another performance set for Monday night.
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The Eagles of Death Metal postponed all of their own performances after the November incidents.
“People were playing dead, and they were so scared,” lead singer Jesse Hughes told Vice of the attacks. “A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends and so many people put themselves in front of people.”
Hughes also declared that he wants “to be the first band that plays in the Bataclan when it opens back up.”