Eagles of Death Metal Make First Statement on Paris Attacks

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NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal say they’re home safe after the Paris attacks and “are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.” They said in a statement Wednesday that their “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.” The band released a new album last month.The Guardian’s diplomatic editor Julian Borger has spoken to the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, who confirmed the two Abdeslam brothers had previously been interrogated.Every human being on the planet within reach of the news now knows the band’s name, but Eagles’ sudden notoriety has come at an unthinkable price: 89 of the 132 victims of last Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris were killed when Kalishnikov-wielding gunmen opened fire on a sellout crowd innocently taking in the Los Angeles rockers’ set at the 1,500-seat Bataclan theatre. The Belgian prosecutor’s office said that two of the attackers, Brahim and Salah Abdeslam, brothers from Brussels district of Molenbeek, had been interrogated earlier this year, but had not been detained because they were not seen as a threat.

The band itself escaped with its lives, fleeing the stage midway through a tune called “Kiss the Devil” when gunfire erupted in the venue, although sadly its merch manager, Nick Alexander — “just a sweetheart, that guy,” as pal Pat Carney of the Black Keys put it to Rolling Stone — was not so lucky. They urged fans to show solidarity by purchasing “Save a Prayer,” a cover version of a 1982 Duran Duran single, from music sites like Amazon.com and iTunes and by playing the track on the Spotify music streaming website.

Brahim, who blew himself up outside a Parisian bar on Friday night, was questioned in February, after Turkish authorities stopped him on suspicion of attempting to go to Syria to fight, and sent him back to Brussels. “He denied to us that he wanted to go to Syria. Announcing the pledge via Twitter on Monday, Simon Le Bon, who wrote the original 1982 single, posted: “EODMforNo1 DuranDuran will donate all proceeds due to us, from this version. Losing a member of your crew to senseless violence for no reason other than that he happened to be selling t-shirts in the wrong place at the wrong time is one thing; witnessing 89 of your fans randomly mowed down by thoughtless madmen in front of you while playing what would have been just another gig on your European tour itinerary is quite another. Considering options that are useful, peaceful & uniting.” According to the midweek UK Official Charts, the track has entered at No 96, and could climb as more data arrives in from chart-reporting retailers and streaming services throughout the week. Salah Abdeslam, one of the surviving attackers who is still at large, was also questioned, although he had not gone on the Turkish trip and the prosecutor’s office found no evidence he had gone to Syria.

The prosecutor added: “We have over 130 who we know have come back from Syria, and spent a certain amount of time there, and we can hardly follow up on them. This was nevertheless a situation quite unlike, say, the fatal stabbing of Meredith Hunter while the Rolling Stones played at Altamont, Calif., in 1969, the trampling of nine concertgoers while Pearl Jam played Denmark’s Roskilde Festival in 2000, or the 2010 death of Lamb of God fan Daniel Nosek at a show in Prague for which frontman Randy Blythe was briefly jailed on manslaughter charges in 2012. In it, three EODM musicians can be seen on stage in the middle of an instrumental performance as gunfire erupts, prompting the drummer to duck for cover while one guitarist flees the stage and another stands frozen.

We can’t keep an eye on everyone.” “It’s impossible,” he said. “You could double the effectiveness of the police and the prosecutors which would mean you could keep an eye on more people but would this mean such attacks can be prevented?” He would not comment on a proposal being discussed in the Belgian cabinet to put electronic tagging bracelets on radicals who return from fighting in Syria. “More important is prevention of people getting radicalised. These are instances where the performers, however shaken and disturbed by the tragedies they might have been, could claim ignorance of the terrible things that happened while they were doing their jobs.

Nor was it even comparable to the 2003 fire at a Great White show in Rhode Island that claimed 100 lives after a pyrotechnic discharge onstage went horribly awry and for which tour manager Daniel Biechele eventually went to jail. If they choose to work again, they’ll look irredeemably insensitive if they simply carry on as usual, yet if they respond to this experience with an artistic expression of their grief and bafflement at the Bataclan horror show, they’ll be abandoning everything they were loved for in the first place.

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