The Eagles of Death Metal have released a statement following their harrowing escape from the Bataclan shooting during the attacks on Paris, remembering the friends and fans who didn’t make it out of the concert hall. It’s a heartfelt, and heartbreaking, tribute to all those who were lost.
The Eagles of Death Metal broke their silence about the attacks on the Bataclan theater on November 13 that left 89 dead, including two of their friends. After four Daesh (ISIS) militants stormed their show during the Paris attacks, the band members were all able to make it out of the concert hall, but so many others were taken hostage — and murdered — by the terrorists. The band wrote a tribute on November 18, to the friends and fans they lost, that was both poignant and gut-wrenching.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France,” bandmates Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme said in a statement. “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.”
Thomas was the Eagles of Death Metal’s project manager, while Nick was their merchandise manager. The tragic death of these crew members, along with so many fans who were just trying to have fun at their concert, has resulted in unsurmountable grief for the band. “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,” Josh and Jesse continued in their statement.
They continued by thanking the French police and government agencies who helped everyone in the wake of the tragedy. And to the band, the people they needed to thank the most were all those at Bataclan with them during the attack. “Love overshadows evil,” they wrote.
Our thoughts are with the Eagles of Death Metal, their crew, fans and loved ones.
— Samantha Wilson