Eagles of Death Metal Thanks U2 For Sharing Paris Stage, Visits Bataclan

PARIS– After joining U2 during the band’s HBO-taped iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE concert in Paris, Eagles of Death Metal thanked Bono and the band for sharing the stage with them.

Last night marked EODM’s first visit to Paris since the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital including 89 people who were attending their show at the Bataclan concert hall. Earlier today members of DODM also returned to the Bataclan to lay flowers in front of the site in homage to the victims.

“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. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ’n rollers cannot either… and we never will,” said the EODM on their Facebook wall.

“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,” added the band.

“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,” continued the statement.

Welcoming EODM on stage, Bono said “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago – we would like to offer them ours tonight.”

The Paris concerts of U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, which were initially scheduled for NoV. 14 and had to be rescheduled following the attacks, were a tribute to the City of Light and a show of solidarity for reeling Parisians. “Vive la France (…) Tonight are all Parisians. If you love liberty, Paris is your hometown,” said Bono on both nights.

EODM, will pick up their tour in February, performed a rendition of Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” which Smith and U2 sung together on Sunday night, as well as “I Love You All the Time.” EODM’s singer Jesse Hughes previously said in an interview with Vice that he wanted EODM to be the first band to play at the Bataclan when it opens back up. “Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live. (…) Music is what we do, it’s our lives and there’s no way we’re not going to keep doing it.”

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