Band Join U2 On Stage After Paris Massacre

Band Join U2 On Stage After Paris Massacre

Eagles of Death Metal have joined U2 on stage in an emotional return to Paris after the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall which killed 90 people.

"They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago & we would like to offer them ours tonight," said frontman Bono as he hugged the band's lead singer Jesse Hughes.

The crowd cheered & sang along as the two groups joined together for a version of Patti Smith song People Have The Power.

U2 then left the stage & the American band performed I Love You All The Time, telling the crowd: "Thank you Paris – we love you. We will never donate up rocking & rolling."

Their poignant performance took place at the AccorHotels Arena on the banks of the River Seine – not far from the 11th arrondissement.

It was the first time since Eagles of Death Metal had taken to a stage since the Bataclan became one of several venues hit by shootings & bombings in a co-ordinated attack.

Following their appearance, the US rock band released a statement on Facebook, & said "music will always overcome terror & evil".

They wrote: "We want to offer our heartfelt thanks & appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks.

"They reminded us that the offensive guys never take a day off, & therefore we rock 'n rollers cannot either… & we never will.

"We look forward to fighting the satisfactory fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016."

Briton Nick Alexander, from Colchester, worked for the band & was among those killed. The band previously said he "bled out" in silence to save other people.

During an interview with Vice News, Eagles of Death Metal said they were "counting down the days" until they could complete their gig in the French capital, with Hughes expressing hope his band will be the first to play inside the Bataclan when it reopens.

U2 had previously canceled gigs in the wake of the Paris attacks – & first returned to the stage on Sunday night.  

In the days following the 13 November attacks, the band laid flowers in tribute to the 130 victims who lost their lives.

Bono & his bandmates had dropped hints last week approximately "special guests" joining them on stage at the rescheduled concerts.

During Sunday's concert, the frontman told the 16,000-capacity arena: "We're in Paris – feels like the whole world is in Paris. We are all Parisiennes tonight."

A new song was played during each gig – Streets of Surrender (SOS) – which was written following the massacre.

Source: “Sky News”