Members of Eagles of Death Metal played a brief surprise set in Paris on Monday, 13 November, in honour of the victims and survivors of the Bataclan terrorist attack two years ago.
To considerable applause, Singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching performed an emotional cover of Duran Duran’s hit ‘Save a Prayer’ in addition to their 2015 song, ‘I Love You All The Time.’ Musicians such as Elton John and Josh Homme have also covered the song to raise money for victims’ families after terrorists opened fire and left 89 dead at Eagles Of Death Metal’s Bataclan concert on 13 November 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo were on hand to lead the outdoor tribute, which took place in Paris’s 11th district, close to the Bataclan venue. The memorial began with a moment of silence and reading of the names of those killed. Eagles of Death Metal’s long-time merchandise manager Nick Alexander was among the fatalities. The French President personally thanked Jesse Hughes for attending the remembrance and hugged him outside of the venue, according to reports on Euronews.
“It is difficult to not to remember the people who were taken from us like our friend Nick Alexander and so many others,” Hughes said at the memorial, according to the NME.
“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.”
Last February, the Colin Hanks-directed HBO documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) detailed the horrific events of 13 November 2015 with in-depth interviews from the Eagles of Death Metal and other close musicians. Sting became the first performer to play the Bataclan when the venue reopened for concerts one year later.
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