US rock band Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris this week, less than a month after being at the centre of terror attacks during their concert at the Bataclan music venue.
The band performed alongside U2 at the end of one of their shows at the AccorHotels Arena, which were rescheduled due to the terrorist attacks.
U2’s Bono introduced the band with a heartfelt message, telling the audience that “[Eagles of Death Metal] were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”
EODM came on stage at the end of the show, and performed a joint rendition of Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power’. EODM then went on to perform ‘I Love You All The Time’, a song that the band is encouraging other musicians to cover in order to give the proceeds to the Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity created by founding member Josh Homme. Royalties from the band’s cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save A Prayer’ are also pledged to the charity.
Following their performance with U2, EODM frontman Jesse Hughes offered his thanks to the band and to everyone who has supported the victims of the attacks since they occurred:
“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 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.”
EODM also returned to the Bataclan today (8th December) to pay their respects to those who lost their lives at the concert, reading the tributes written at the makeshift memorial site and laying flowers.
Watch EODM onstage with U2 below.