The Southern California rock band that was slamming out heavy metal riffs on stage when terrorists attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris has opened up about the siege for the first time. The New York Times reports that a statement from the Eagles of Death Metal, posted on Facebook and Twitter, sends the message: “Love overshadows evil.”
In its first substantive public comments since the attack, the Palm Desert, Calif., rock group reported that band members were back home and were still processing the situation.
The death toll at the concert hall was heavy, with 89 of the 129 total reported dead in Friday’s attacks around Paris having been at the Bataclan.
The band said in its statement posted today: “We are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.”
The statement adds: “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.”
The Times notes: “Among those killed at the Bataclan [was] Nick Alexander, a 36-year-old from Colchester, England, who was selling band merchandise and was well known among touring musicians. Cat Stevens and Kylie Minogue were among the stars who posted tributes to Mr. Alexander after the attacks.”
The statement from the Eagles of Death Metal also included a tribute to Alexander, along with tributes to Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who worked for the band’s record label, Mercury.