Eagles Of Death Metal Scrap Tour After Paris Attacks
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour following the bloody siege at their gig in Paris which killed more than 80 people, including a crewmember and three employees of the band’s French record label.
A member of the band’s merchandising team, Nick Alexander, 36, from Essex, England, died in the massacre at the Bataclan music venue in the French capital on Friday.
Reports suggest three employees of the French arm of the band’s Universal Music label also died in the shooting.
Alexander previously toured with Fall Out Boy, and the band’s guitarist Joe Trohman paid tribute to the fallen merchandise seller on Twitter, writing, “Just found out Nick Alexander was one of the people murdered… in Paris. Great guy. I’m horrified.”
More than 128 are thought to have died in the attacks that hit several sites in Paris on Friday. Suicide bombers detonated explosives outside the soccer stadium Stade de France, while restaurants and bars were targeted by men armed with machine guns. The Bataclan music venue was the worst of the atrocities, with around 87 people killed after terrorists took hostages at the U.S. rockers’ gig.
All members of Eagles of Death Metal were confirmed to be safe in a Facebook statement posted shortly after the deadly attacks, and the musicians have since confirmed they are canceling the rest of their European dates and heading back to their native U.S.
An online campaign has now been launched to get Eagles of Death Metal to number one in the U.K. Singles Chart.
The Facebook group, called Eagles Of Death Metal For No.1, aims to get the band’s cover of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit “Save a Prayer” to the top spot, and as WENN went to press, more than 3,000 music fans had backed the drive.