All has been quiet from Eagles Of Death Metal, after the band’s Bataclan Theatre show became Ground Zero in the horrific Paris terror attacks last Friday (Saturday AEST).
The official death toll stands at 129, with 89 of the total number of victims killed either out the front or inside the concert hall – including EODM merchandising manager Nick Alexander. Three other friends of the band, record label figures Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, also lost their lives.
The band’s just now issued its first full statement since the tragedy, paying its respects to the victims and letting fans know all further concerts “are on hold until further notice.”
— EaglesOfDeathMetal (@EODMofficial) November 18, 2015
“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.”
There’s been a massive outpouring of love and support for EODM in the wake of the tragedy, including a fan-led campaign to see its cover of Duran Duran’s Save A Prayer hit the #1 spot on the U.K charts.