LESS than a month after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, US rock band Eagles of Death Metal have returned to the French capital, appearing on stage with U2 during the Irish band’s rescheduled Paris concert.
The December 7 gig took place at the AccorHotels Arena with U2 extending an invitation to the American rockers after ninety of the 130 people killed during the November 13 attacks died at the Bataclan venue where they were performing.
Lead singer Jesse Hughes offered his appreciation to the Irish band and to France.
“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 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.”
On Sunday´s earlier show, U2 lead singer Bono pledged solidarity with those killed in the attacks, after U2’s planned shows in November were cancelled over security fears, telling the audience “We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris”.
The bands joined in a rendition of Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power’ in front of 16,000 fans at the packed arena.