Almost a month after the terrorist attacks that hit the French capital on November 13, American band Eagles of Death Metal has returned to Le Bataclan, the theatre where they were playing when one of the attacks occurred, killing 90 people.
In their first interview after the tragedy, frontman Jesse Hughes said to VICE, “I cannot wait to get back to Paris. I cannot wait to play. I want to be the first band that plays the Bataclan when it opens back up because I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock ‘n’ roll and died. I want to go back there and live”.
The band has visited Le Bataclan for the first time today, December 8, where they have left flowers and cards. Yesterday, December 7, they made a surprise appearance at U2‘s Paris gig, where they performed a cover of Patti Smith‘s “People Have The Power” and closed the show with their song “I Love You All The Time”.
After the performance, Hughes issued a statement to thank U2 for the support shown since the terrorist attacks, saying:
“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. 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.
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. 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”.
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