Eagles of Death Metal breaks silence on Paris attacks
The band whose concert Friday night in Paris became a killing field broke its silence to “stand together” with the City of Light and declare, “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France.”
The leaders of Eagles of Death Metal, whose band was onstage when terrorists killed 89 inside the Bataclan music hall, also added, “Vive EODM.”
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American rock group Eagles of Death Metal perform onstage Friday at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, just moments before men armed with assault rifles stormed into the venue.
No one in the California-based band was wounded in the attack, but merchandise manager Nick Alexander and three record label employees were killed. The band had remained quiet until Wednesday’s Facebook post.
“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,” the band’s permanent members Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme wrote.
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“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.”
“Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, vive EODM,” the group wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
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A banner reads “Freedom is a monument which can not be destroyed” on the facade of the Bataclan concert hall.
The band members called the terror attack an “unimaginable ordeal,” but said the response of French and American authorities — plus the response of everyday people — proved “once again that love overshadows evil.”
The band has put its future shows on hold.