Rock band returns to Bataclan hall month after Paris attacks

Rock band on stage when DAESH terrorists attacked several areas in Paris makes emotional return to Bataclan concert hall where shooting took place last month

Photo by: Reuters
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Jesse Hughes, Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins and Julian Dorio, members of Eagles of Death Metal band, mourn in front of the Bataclan concert hall to pay tribute to the shooting victims in Paris, France on December 8, 2015 (Reuters)

Eagles of Death Metal, the rock band that was on stage when the deadly DAESH terrorist group attacks were carried out in Paris on Nov. 13, made an emotional visit to Bataclan concert hall on Tuesday where the shooting took place.

The Californian band laid flowers, shed tears and hugged each other at the tribute site for the victims in front of the concert hall. The band spent about 15 minutes reading cards left at the scene. People gathered across the Boulevard Voltaire and applauded them when they turned to leave.

Lead singer Jesse Hughes cried after lying a single flower on the sea of bouquets.

The band’s merchandising manager Nick Alexander, 36, was among the victims.

On Monday night, the band also made a powerful appearance, joining the Irish rock band U2 on stage at the end of their concert in the AccorHotels Arena to give a rendition of Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power”, before performing their own “I Love You All The Time.”

16,000 audience in the concert rose to their feet to cheer the band.

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal band mourns in front of the Bataclan concert hall to pay tribute to the shooting victims in Paris, France on December 8, 2015 (Reuters)

"Paris, we love you all and we will never give up rocking and rolling," Hughes shouted.

The Bataclan concert hall was the deadliest attack of the Paris attacks which claimed 130 lives in total.

The shooting took place just after the band started their concert. Nearly 1,500 people were listening to them. The gunmen burst into the building and opened fire on the audience, killing 90, wounding hundreds, mostly young people.

"Nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will be forever part of Paris. These are our brothers, they were robbed of their stage three weeks ago," U2 frontman Bono said at the end of the last gig of their Innocence and Experience tour.

Hughes thanked fans and U2 for supporting them during the ordeal and swore to play in Paris again in February.

"We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock 'n' roll with so many of the beautiful people -- nos amis (our friends) –- of this great city," Hughes said in a letter posted on Facebook.

"Thank you to France, and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016," he added.


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The Bataclan’s owners said that they hope to reopen the hall by the end of next year and Hughes said that they wanted to be the first to play there when it reopens.

The band cancelled their remaining European tour in the wake of the attack, but then changed their mind to postpone it to next year in memory of its slain fans.

TRTWorld and agencies