Eagles of Death Metal on Paris Attacks: ‘Love Overshadows Evil’

Rock band releases first statement after Friday’s terrorist siege of their show at Bataclan concert hall

Eagles of Death Metal, who were playing a concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday when gunman stormed the venue and killed more than 100 people, have finally broken their silence and posted a statement to their Facebook page on Wednesday.

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France,” the band wrote. “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.”

Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records, was killed while attending the concert.

“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 band continued.

In the post, EoDM also wrote that the efforts of the French police, the FBI and other government officials illustrate that “love overshadows evil.”

“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.”

The band stated that all further Eagles of Death Metal shows are on hold until further notice.

“Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM,” the post concluded.

Now safe in their native California, the Palm Desert-based band led by frontman Jesse Hughes were headliners at Bataclan during the attacks that rocked Paris on Friday night. The venue on the Right Bank of the Seine River became the scene of a gruesome mass shooting and hostage situation in which terrorists opened fire on a crowd of nearly 1,200, killing at least 118.

See the band’s Facebook post below.

While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our…

Posted by Eagles Of Death Metal on Wednesday, November 18, 2015