Eagles of Death Metal to Make Live Return in Paris with U2 This Weekend, Sources
Eagles of Death Metal, the band who was performing at Le Bataclan when terrorists opened fire during the Paris attacks on November 13, are set to make their live return in the City of Lights this weekend with U2, according to Billboard.
A source told Billboard that the band will perform with the Irish rockers that were supposed to play AccorHotels Arena on November 14 but cancelled the show due to the tragic events.
In February, Eagles of Death Metal will also resume their European tour, which was cut short.
The performance this weekend with U2 will feature co-founder and Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme, who doesn’t tour with Eagles of Death Metal.
Speaking to The New York Times, U2’s Bono said he got in touch with Eagles of Death Metal in the aftermath of the Paris tragedy and offered to get them a plane so they could go home to their families.
"We had a plane, which we put at the Eagles' use if they wanted it, but they found another way. The best thing we could do for our fellow musicians was to buy them phones," he said.
The singer said he spoke to Eagle of Death Metal's singer Jesse Hughes and drummer Julian Dorio, who asked for phones.
“But that was the best thing, Jesse said, just getting the phones to be texting and all the stuff that you do — social media — to find out what’s going on. Their phones were in the venue,” Bono said.
He also revealed: “Jesse took me through every moment. They really need proper counseling, though — not from a well-meaning Irish rock star. Because post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things. They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad."
Last month, Eagles of Death Metal spoke to VICE about the concert that changed their lives.
“There were two of them and they walked in and started blasting,” the band's sound engineer, Shawn London, told VICE. “Instantly, people started dropping. Injuries. Death. Also, running - and there was nowhere to go."
Hughes admitted in that interview while he is struggling with what happened, he was determined to continue playing for the fans.
"I cannot wait to get back to Paris," he said. "I cannot wait to play, I wanna come back. I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens up because I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live."