Eagles of Death Metal, the U.S. band playing a concert in Paris’ Bataclan when that theater was attacked, said in a statement Wednesday that they “are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened.” The band, which thanked French and U.S. officials for their help in the aftermath of the attack that left 89 dead at the concert hall, said all its shows are on hold until further notice. “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM,” the group said.
The band lost several of their crew in the attacks, and lamented the loss of friends and fans.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. 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 full statement is below.
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.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.
All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.