U2, Eagles of Death Metal perform together during Paris show
Eagles of Death Metal joined U2 on stage in Paris on Monday night, performing in the city for the first time since 89 people were killed at the band’s show in Paris on Nov. 13.
“These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours,” U2 lead singer Bono said before bringing Eagles of Death Metal out. “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”
Eagles of Death Metal lead singer Jesse Hughes and his bandmates performed Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” with U2, and then played their track, “I Love You All the Time.” Footage of the performance can be seen on U2’s Periscope account, around the 32-minute mark.
Last month, terrorists attacked Le Bataclan music venue in Paris on Nov. 13 as Eagles of Death Metal performed. Eighty-nine people were killed in the strike, one of a number across Paris that left 130 dead in total. Among those killed at Le Bataclan included the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. Usual drummer Josh Homme was neither at Le Bataclan nor U2’s performance at AccorHotels Arena on Monday night.
U2 had been slated to perform and record for its HBO concert special on Nov. 14 and 15, but rescheduled the shows after the attacks.
“So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of Nov. 13 is irreplaceable,” Bono said last month. “For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. … We’re going to put on our best for Paris.”
U2 has been outspoken and public about supporting Paris and EODM. The group laid flowers at a candlelight vigil and purchased new cell phones for the members of EODM, after their old ones were left at Le Bataclan.
Last week, rumors flared up that Eagles of Death Metal would appear with U2 during the Paris concerts. U2 denied that the group would participate in the Sunday show, but didn’t mention the Monday event. On Sunday, U2 invited guest star Patti Smith on stage to perform. She and the Irish group played “People Have the Power” during a tribute to those killed during the attack.
U2’s concert airs Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.