Eagles of Death Metal, the rock band that performed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris when it was stormed by ISIS gunmen on Friday evening, as reported by the Inquisitr, is back in the United States and has posted a message to Facebook, stating that they are cancelling future shows.
At least 87 people were killed when jihadi militants, sympathetic to ISIS, entered the Bataclan concert hall and indiscriminately began executing members of the audience. The Eagles of Death Metal show was said to be sold out, according to the Mirror.
Among the dead was Nick Alexander, a British citizen who was working with the band selling merchandise. The members of the band were reportedly able to escape outside through a side exit.
During the horrific Bataclan attack, the terrorists were reported to have used knives to torture victims in the audience by “slitting their stomachs” as they lie on the ground, mortally wounded by gunshot wounds. Others were able to hide in the basement of the concert hall. One witness, Pierre Marie Bertin, recounted watching men plead for the lives of their wives and girlfriends with the ISIS gunmen.
The band, Eagles of Death Metal, was co-founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme in the late 90s, and they have been the only permanent members. Besides being the studio drummer for Eagles of Death Metal, Homme is the lead vocalist and guitarist with Queens of the Stone Age. Homme appeared with Queens of the Stone Age at Rock In Rio, held in September, as reported by the Inquisitr. With his schedule, Josh Homme doesn’t appear at all at the live Eagles of Death Metal shows, and it appears that he was not present with the band on Friday in Paris.
Jesse Hughes, the other Eagles of Death Member founder, was described as looking “somber” as he and band mates, guitarists Eden Galindo and Dave Catching, and bassist Matt McJunkins, left Paris on Sunday, reportedly surrounded by police officers. The band is based on the west coast of the United States.
The band’s statement on Facebook explains that they are still trying to “come to terms” with what they experienced. The band remembered Nick Alexander, as well as Thomas Ayad, a Metallica project manager and Mercury Records executive, according to the Wrap; Marie Mosser, who was at the concert, as reported by the Express; Manu Perez, a Universal Music Group employee, according to Newsweek; and everyone else that was affected by the attacks, and “their friends, families, and loved ones.”
The band also thanked the French police and the FBI, as well as the French and United States state departments.
“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,” the Eagles of Death Metal statement reads. “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
In the Facebook post, Eagles of Death Metal stated that they would be putting all future shows “on hold” until further notice.
A new Eagles of Death Metal album, Zipper Down, was released in early October, and has sold heavily on Apple iTunes, according to the Inquisitr.
The Eagles of Death metal perform a popular cover of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer.” Duran Duran has committed to donating all proceeds from the sale of the single to a cause that is “peaceful, effective, and unifying.” The members of Duran Duran were reported to have been in Paris on Friday when the attacks at the Eagles of Death Metal concert occurred.
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