Eagles of Death Metal joins U2 at HBO-taped Paris concert

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Eagles of Death Metal Joins U2 at HBO-Taped Paris Concert.

PARIS — Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal have made a surprise return to a Paris stage Monday night during a concert by U2, less than a month after suicide bombers stormed the band’s Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater and killed 89 people. The U2 Paris concerts were originally scheduled for Nov 14 and 15, and were postponed after coordinated attacks on the French capital killed 130 on Nov 13. In an interview just a few days after the attack, the band said they wanted to carry on performing in tribute to the fans who lost their lives. “Our friends went to see rock and roll and died.

We have a few words to speak on the loss you are feeling tonight, I guess grief is like a wound that never closes.” Earlier, U2 had said on their website: “We’re back in Paris and it’s great to be here. I want to go back there and live,” the lead singer Jesse Hughes said. “I cannot wait to get back to Paris and play.” The Irish band initially denied that the band would be guests, but they were unveiled at the Accorhotels Arena to huge applause on Monday night, marking a triumphant, defiant return to the stage.

EODM’s widely-anticipated presence in Paris, which remains in a state of emergency due to high terrorist threat, is seen as a strong symbol of resistance, defiance as well as solidarity towards Parisians. Bono said: “We must also think of the terrorists’ families … I know it is hard right now.” The singer said the attackers’ families had also been robbed of their loved ones, by “an ideology that is a perversion of the beautiful religion of Islam.” Parisian Vera Golloch said she had never seen U2 before, but in the circumstances everybody wanted to be “here tonight especially because of who they are with”.

Many fans commented that showing up at the concert was symbolic and an important way for Paris to move on from what happened just over three weeks ago while others said they were not scared. Thank you for welcoming us back and allowing us to tell you a little bit about our lives at a time when your lives have been turned upside down.” U2’s frontman said Sunday the band “(stood) together with the families who have lost lives here in Paris, San Bernardino, in Damascus and Beirut. I am still feeling it and I was 14 when my mother left me but she left me as an artist and this wound became an opening into another world and I found these three (pointing to his band).

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