Eagles of Death Metal: Paris concert played for Le Bataclan survivors
Three months after Paris venue Le Bataclan was taken under siege during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, the band returned to the city of lights to perform for the fans who had been at that show.
Tuesday night’s concert was the group’s first in Paris since the attacks, where 89 people were killed at the music hall and concertgoers had been taken hostage (throughout the city, in seven coordinated attacks, 130 people were killed). Ticketholders were subject to heavy security before entering the show.
All of the survivors from that night had been invited back to hear Eagles of Death Metal at Olympia theater. “Bonsoir Paris, we’re ready for this!” frontman Jesse Hughes told the crowd, according to first-hand reports, which also noted that the band held a moment of silence for those who had been killed.
After the show, the band shared the set list, which didn’t include “Kiss The Devil,” the song that had been playing at the time the venue was under fire, and a photo from the show. “We love you so, so hard, Paris,” they wrote. “Thank you all for being there with us. One of the most special shows — and days — of our lives.” And in another post, “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
Le Bataclan has yet to reopen, though venue reps wrote on Facebook earlier this month it has plans to do so before the end of 2016. Eagles of Death Metal has spoken about wanting to be the first act to perform when it does.