Although it has not been a month since the massacre that brought their concert at the Bataclan theater to a bloody, terrifying halt, members of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal have already returned to the Paris stage.
According to the Associated Press, the California band “made a surprise return...during a concert by U2” on Monday, December 7. U2 had been scheduled to perform the remaining two of four shows in Paris “when France announced a state of emergency following the [November 13] attacks that killed 130 people.” They are now concluding that set of shows.
U2 frontman Bono prefaced the band’s entry with a rousing introduction. From AP:
“Just before the band emerged Monday night...Bono said there was ‘nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will forever be a part of this city of Paris. These are our brothers. Our fellow troubadours. They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight. Would you welcome the Eagles of Death Metal!’”
After the band played Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” the singer told the crowd, “We love you too, so much for giving us this opportunity. I look around and what do I see, nos amis, our friends. I fucking love you guys so hard, and I will never stop rocking and rolling.”
On the night of the attacks, the Eagles of Death Metal band members barely escaped with their lives, but they emphasized that they “wanted to play again in Paris.” And tonight, together with U2, they did.
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