Eagles of Death Metal Pay Somber Visit to Le Bataclan Memorial in Paris
Eagles of Death Metal have returned to Paris for the first time since the attack at their Le Bataclan concert that killed 89 people. This morning (Dec. 8), the band visited the memorial outside of the theater.
Jesse Hughes, Dave Catching and Julian Dori paid their respects outside of the venue where gunmen open fired during their Nov. 13 concert. The somber occasion can be seen in the video above (via NBC News).
Last night, the band triumphantly joined U2 on stage for the Irish rockers' second of two concerts at AccorHotels Arena. Hughes and company covered Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” and played their own Zipper Down track “I Love You All the Time.” Afterward, Hughes issued a statement expressing the band’s gratitude for the outpouring of support they have received.
"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," Hughes writes. "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."
Hughes concludes “music will always overcome terror and evil” and, with plans to resume touring in the new year, promises this isn't the last we'll see of 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," Hughes continues. "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."