Eagles Of Death Metal thank U2 for helping band return to Paris
US band Eagles Of Death Metal have thanked U2 for helping them to return to France less than a month after a terror attack at one of their concerts which left 89 people dead.
The group joined U2 on stage for an emotional encore at the AccorHotels Arena in the Bercy district of Paris, closing the Irish band’s second night of gigs, rescheduled in the wake of the atrocities.
Thanking U2: Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam and their management team the group said in a Facebook post: “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.”
The Californian band had been playing at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on November 13 when a group of terrorists struck the city in a series of co-ordinated attacks. Some 89 people were killed at the concert site, the deadliest of the attacks. In total, 130 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured.
Eagles Of Death Metal had previously vowed to return to the city to finish their original gig. They’ve also made a new promise to return to France and Paris when they pick up their tour in 2016.
We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and …
The full post reads: “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.”
At Monday night’s gig, Bono welcomed Eagles Of Death Metal on to the stage as their brothers saying he would introduce some people “whose lives will forever be a part of the city of Paris”.
“They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago so we would like to offer them ours tonight.”