Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert turned into a bloodbath when terrorists attacked their sold-out Paris venue, the Bataclan, on Nov. 13, are speaking out for the first time about the attacks on the French capital.
The band, who are now home safe in California, wrote on their Facebook page that the efforts of police, government officials and the worldwide community prove that “love overshadows evil.”
The band also paid respects to their crew member Nick Alexander, who worked on merchandising, as well as their record company’s — Universal Music Group’s Mercury Records — execs, Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who died turing the attacks.
More than 80 people were killed and 200 others were injured after three gunmen burst into the Bataclan with automatic weapons and grenades, and took hostages in the middle of the show. Two of the suicide bombers killed themselves once police stormed the venue.
Eagles of Death Metal released their first album in seven years, “Zipper Down,” last month and were performing in Paris as part of their European tour. The rock band is a collaboration between Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Homme was not on the band’s European tour.
Here’s Eagles of Death Metal’s full statement.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.
Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all 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.
All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”