Eagles of Death Metal play unannounced show to mark the second anniversary of the Bataclan massacre
On 15 November, members of Californian band, Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris to play a short, unannounced set to honour the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
The rock band was performing at the Bataclan on 1 November 2015 when armed terrorists attacked the venue, killing 89 people including the band's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander.
This was one of six simultaneous attacks on the city that killed a total of 130 people and injured more than 400.
Singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching played a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer’ and ‘I Love You All the Time’, from the band’s fourth album ‘Zipper Down’.
Hughes spoke to the crowd to say “I’m so happy and pleased to see all of you. The only reason we’re still standing is because you all still love rock and roll.”
After the performance, Hughes spoke to reporters: “It is difficult to not remember the people who were taken from us, like our friend Nick Alexander and so many others.
“We watched people give their lives for their friends and we were able to bear witness to that, and now we have a burden of responsibility to make certain that everyone knows that kind of love exists in this world.”
President Macron and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo led the tribute in the 11th arrondissement, near the music venue.
A documentary about the 2015 attacks was released earlier this year.
‘Nos Amis (Our Friends)’ was directed by Colin Hanks (son of actor Tom) and features interviews with Hughes and his bandmates.Tags: