Eagles Of Death Metal Return To Paris For First Time Since Attacks
It's been less than a month since the horrific Paris terrorist attacks, one of which happened during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Le Bataclan venue. And now the band members are back in the city where it all happened.
The Palm Desert-based band was seen at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Sunday, according to TMZ. Earlier, it was rumored that EODM would be performing with U2 during their concerts at the AccorHotels Arena on Sunday and Monday in Paris—shows the band rescheduled after they postponed their Nov. 14 and 15 events following the Nov. 13 attacks.
However, U2 quelled those rumors when they posted a message on their website yesterday saying the EODM would not appear on stage with them on Sunday night. U2 didn't say anything about Monday night though.
The coordinated terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 130 people, with 89 killed inside the EODM concert at Le 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.
EODM recently spoke out about the horrific attacks in an interview with VICE, with the band members detailing their experience. Drummer Julian Dorio said he saw the gunmen "just relentlessly shooting into the audience." Sound engineer Shawn London said one of the gunmen shot at him and missed. "I think [the gunmen] thought I probably got hit because I went down so quickly and everyone else around was injured—there was blood all over," London said. "He stays there and continued to shoot and shoot and slaughter and just scream at the top of his lungs, 'Allahu Akbar.' And that's when I instantly knew what was going on."
The band said they wanted to be the first ones to play at Le Bataclan when it reopens next year.
At U2's performance on Sunday night, members of EODM were watching the concert from the front row. According to ABC News
The band dedicated songs to Paris, saying "We are all Parisians," and "If you love liberty, Paris is your hometown" but also to victims of the San Bernardino, California, shooting, attacks in Beirut and to "all those hostage of an ideology."
Patti Smith joined U2 on stage as a surprise guest last night for "People have the Power":
Last week, U2's frontman Bono told CNN that he had written a song inspired by the victims of the Paris attacks. It would be called "SOS" (for Streets of Surrender"). Bono recited some of the lyrics: "Every man's got one city of liberty, for me it's Paris, I love it. Every time I get lost down these ancient streets, I find myself again... You're free, baby, baby. I didn't come here to fight you. I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender."