How can a band be expected to respond when dozens of their fans and friends are murdered at one of their shows? All the touring members of Eagles Of Death Metal made it out of Bataclan when terrorists attacked the Paris venue on Friday, though it was erroneously reported, at first, that at least one member of the band was dead. And the band has now issued a statement about the attacks, eulogizing some of their friends and thanking the various law enforcement agencies who kept the attack from becoming even worse than it was. Here’s the band’s statement:
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.
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.
White Miles, the Austrian duo who opened the show, have also given a statement to Rolling Stone:
We returned home last Sunday… We are in good health, though the events are still too close, the impressions too touching. [Nick Alexander], a member of our crew who sold merchandise, was shot and killed. A good friend of ours has been shot but, blessedly, he is on the way to recovery. It’s difficult for us to come to terms with the terrible incident.
We are happy, but miserable at the same time. Happy, because we are back with our families, who help immensely to make us feel safe again; miserable, because we know that many families have to mourn following the weekend. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with all victims and their relatives.