The Eagles of Death Metal, the American rock outfit whose concert last Friday in Paris was interrupted by ISIS gunmen, have broken their silence about the massacre at the Bataclan, issuing an emotional statement on Wednesday.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France,” the statement reads. (A publicist for the Eagles of Death Metal tells PEOPLE the band will not be doing any media interviews anytime soon.)
“Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander,” the band’s merchandise manager, “our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez,” who were employees at Universal Music France, “and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families and loved ones,” the statement continues.
The Eagles of Death Metal add that they are now “bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris and all those affected by terrorism,” and are “proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.”
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Terrorists armed with explosives and guns killed 89 people inside the famed concert venue on Friday. The band members were on stage when the shooting started, but managed to escape through a backstage exit.
The statement goes on to thank French police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state departments in France and the U.S., and “those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.”
“Vive la musique, vive la libert , vive la France, and vive EODM,” the statement concludes.
All of the band’s upcoming gigs have been postponed until further notice.