Watch U2 Welcome Eagles of Death Metal Onstage in Paris

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

Less than a month ago on Friday, November 13 Eagles were performing a short distance away at the Bataclan theatre when terrorists stormed the venue and opened fire on fans killing 89. Rock fans in Paris saw the emotional return of the Eagles of Death Metal on Monday night, when they joined U2 on stage in a show of unity and support after the terror attacks in the city last month. Bono and Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes, 43, sung together while Jesse, who was cheered on by the crowds, yelled: “Is everybody here having a good time?” Professor Stephen Hawkins voice was projected saying “let us be one…and our future be a place we want to visit” while an image of the world with the hashtag #refugeeswelcome appeared. During “In the Name of Love,” the names of all 130 victims who were killed in seven different co-ordinated attacks were displayed on a screen in the arena, which holds 20,000 people.

Another fan Bertrand Hodot added: “This has been a great night for the French public, I was here to support the Eagles, it has been a really inspirational night.” 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. 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”. I want to go back there and live. (…) Music is what we do, it’s our lives and there’s no way we’re not going to keep doing it.” As with Sunday, the show kicked off with “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).

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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