Three weeks after the worst terror attack in Paris’ history, the Eagles of Death Metal returned to the stage in the French capital. The band were welcomed on stage by U2 who were performing at the AccorHotels Arena. Bono introduced EDM saying “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight.” In a tribute to those lost in the Paris Terrorist Attacks, Bono also said, “We must also think of the terrorists’ families…I know it is hard right now.” The singer added that those families also lost loved one to “an ideology that is a perversion of the beautiful religion of Islam.” The concert is being recorded for HBO.
On November 13, 90 people were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater. In total, 130 innocent people were lost in the Paris Terrorist Attacks. One of those killed was EDM’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, 36, who was a London native.
Just after the November 13 attacks, Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes said, “Our friends went to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live. I cannot wait to get back to Paris and play.” One concertgoer from the December 6 event, Vera Golloch, told the Guardian that she had never seen U2 before but everybody wanted to be “here tonight especially because of who they are with. It’s historic and important, it really is.”