Southern California rock band Eagles of Death Metal was playing at the Bataclan in Paris on Friday night when multiple gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the venue. French special forces teams then stormed the concert hall, securing the premises but not before over 100 people had been killed. The members of Eagles of Death Metal are now safely back in the U.S. and today posted a message of support on their Facebook page.
“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 band was referring to British national Alexander who managed its merchandising as well as Universal Music Group execs Ayad, Mosser and Perez. Its previous Facebook message dated from Saturday when it said, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Today’s missive continued, “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.”
The band noted that all of its shows are on hold until further notice and concluded with “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”