A band known for their tongue in cheek rock and roll attitude, Eagles of Death Metal found themselves in the international spotlight when an unspeakable act of terror occurred at their show on Friday in Paris. While playing a sold-out show at the Bataclan, the venue was stormed by ISIS members, who executed over 87 concertgoers while holding others hostage. While the band made it out safely, their merch manager, as well as several people from their French label, weren’t as lucky. Aside from a brief statement from the band stating that they’d made it out safely, but were waiting to hear about their crew, they’d remained silent. This morning, they broke that silence via a post 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.
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.
The band attached the above image, which is a play on their first album, Peace, Love, Death Metal. It makes sense that the band might want to take some time off from playing, given the shock that they’re undoubtedly still feeling, and it’s an incredibly moving statement from the band.