Eagles Of Death Metal Break Silence Over Paris Concert Slaughter
Heavy rockers Eagles of Death Metal have broken their silence to convey their horror after 89 fans were killed at a concert in Paris, France on Friday. The musicians were onstage at the Bataclan theater when terrorists stormed the venue and opened fire as part of a wave of violence which gripped the French capital, claiming a total of 129 lives.
The band was able to escape the siege uninjured, but merchandising manager, Nick Alexander, two record label executives, Mercury Music’s Thomas Ayad and Universal Music Group employee Marie Mosser, and former colleague Manu Perez, were among those who died in the chaos. Now the members of Eagles of Death Metal, who have returned to the U.S., have issued their first statement about the tragedy as they continue to come to terms with what happened last week. A statement issued to WENN reads:
“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.”The rockers have also announced all of their forthcoming shows “are on hold until further notice.” They close the message with the words, “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM” – long live music, long live freedom, long live France, and long live Eagles of Death Metal. Among the gigs postponed include shows in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday and Munich, Germany on Thursday.
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