Video: Eagles of Death Metal Joins U2 On Stage In Paris
Eagles of Death Metal performed with U2 on stage in Paris and also visited the Bataclan venue for the first time since the terrorist attacks on the city nearly a month ago.
Up until this point, there were only rumors that the Palm Desert-based band would be performing on stage with U2 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris this week, shows that U2 rescheduled after they postponed their Nov. 14 and 15 events following the Nov. 13 attacks. U2 made an announcement on their website saying EODM would not be performing with them on Sunday, but didn't say anything about Monday. While Patti Smith was on stage with U2 for Sunday night's show, EODM joined the band Monday night to perform Smith's song, "People Have The Power" during the Irish band's finale.
EODM lead singer Jesse Hughes said to the crowd, "We love you, Paris," before performing the song, according to The Telegraph.
Earlier in the evening, U2's frontman Bono said at the concert, "Tonight we are all Parisians." He added, "We stand with those whose lives have been torn apart by an ideology that is a perversion of the beautiful religion of Islam."
The Telegraph spoke to Angélique Pereira, 34, who said: "I lost a colleague at the Bataclan so I’m deeply moved that they came back, that they had the courage to return to Paris in honour of those who died."
EODM posted this photo and message on Facebook on Monday:
The coordinated terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 130 people, with 89 killed inside the EODM concert at the Bataclan. The members of EODM were not harmed in the attack, but their merchandising manager, Nick Alexander, died, as well as three members of their record label: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.
On Tuesday, members of EODM stopped by the Bataclan for the first time since the attacks. They laid flowers and read tributes to the victims at the memorial outside of the venue, according to the New York Times. There are snapshots of a teary-eyed Hughes at the memorial. When journalists asked Hughes how he felt, he just shook his head.