Eagles of Death Metal have returned to Paris. The band joined U2 onstage Monday night (Dec. 7) for an emotional appearance during the group’s HBO broadcast. But while in Paris, Eagles of Death Metal also made sure to stop at Le Bataclan, the venue they played last month where terrorists stormed in during their show and killed 89 people.
The band members managed to escape the attack unharmed, but members of their extended music family were not as fortunate. In one of his first interviews after the terrorist attack, an emotional Jesse Hughes said that it was his hope to be the first person to play in the Bataclan when the venue re-opens.
After the police investigation was complete, the outer area of the venue became a place of tribute for those lost in the attack. As you can see in the video above, which comes via the Daily Mail, a rather large amount of flower bouquets surrounds the sidewalk outside of Le Bataclan.
Singer Jesse Hughes and his bandmates visited Le Bataclan on Tuesday to see some of the tributes that have been left and as seen in the clip, the vocalist gets a little emotional, breaking down in tears while being comforted during the visit. According to the Daily Mail, the band spent about 15 minutes reading cards left at the scene. Hughes placed a single flower on the sea of bouquets left at the venue.
The band also posted a message of thanks to U2 for allowing them to participate in last night’s show and revealed that they intend to return to Paris in February. Read their note below.
We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ’n rollers cannot either…and we never will. We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city. Thank you to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam, thank you to their wonderful management, thank you to France, and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016.
See you again in February, Paris.