UNITED WE STAND: “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
So read a statement from American rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert last Friday ended with 89 people dead after gunmen opened fire on the crowd assembled at the Bataclan concert venue, part of a wave of terror attacks in the French capital that left 129 dead and more than 350 injured.
“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 statement said. “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.”
The band noted all shows are on hold until further notice, and it thanked French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments.