Eagles Of Death Metal Release First Statement Since Paris Attacks

Eagles of Death Metal, the American band that was performing at Paris’s Bataclan theater when terrorists attacked last Friday, has released their first statement since that awful night. It was early into their performance when three gunmen stormed the theater and began shooting people in the crowd, holding those who didn’t manage to escape hostage and murdering a total of 89 people before French police brought an end to the siege. Here is the band’s full statement:

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

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.

We would like to thank the French police, the F.B.I., 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.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.

[NY Times]