Eagles of Death Metal, the band who were performing when terrorists stormed the Bataclan concert hall in the Paris attacks, has made its first statement since the deadly massacre.
In a new statement posted on the California rock group’s Facebook Page, the band said it was “horrified” and “still trying to come to terms with what happened”.
“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.”
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“Vive la musique, vive la liberte, vive la France and vive EODM,” the band wrote, playing with France’s slogan of “liberty, equality and fraternity”.
They also paid tribute to those who died in the attack who they knew personally; Nick Alexander, a British merchandise vendor for the group, as well as three employees of its Universal record label, Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.
The statement attracted comments from people who had survived the concert massacre.
“They tried to kill me and my wife while dancing in front of our favourite band, thankfully they failed,” Maxime Dourlens wrote. “We saw what no one should have to see.”
The band, which confirmed it had returned home, said it was suspending shows until further notice.
The Bataclan concert hall was the scene of the deadliest of the attacks on Friday, with 89 people losing their lives.
While it remained unclear whether the band was singled out, Eagles of Death Metal had earlier defied boycott calls and performed in Israel.