On Monday, Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris with a surprise performance honoring the victims and survivors of the horrific Bataclan terrorist attack exactly two years after the tragedy. The Bataclan terrorist attack occurred during an Eagles of Death Metal performance on November 13th, 2015, leaving 89 dead (including the band’s longtime merchandise manager Nick Alexander), many more injured, and sending shockwaves across the globe.
The event was held nearby the venue outdoors in the 11th district, with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo leading the somber tribute. After opening with a long moment of silence and a recitation of the names of those killed during the massacre, the California group performed a somber rendition of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer” in addition to the group’s own “I Love You All The Time.”
Singer Jesse Hughes also spoke during the memorial. NME reports Hughes said this during his tribute speech, “It is difficult to not to remember the people who were taken from us like our friend Nick Alexander and so many others. We watched people give their lives for their friends and we were able to bear witness to that, and now we have a burden of responsibility to make certain that everyone knows that kind of love exists in this world.”