Published Dec 07, 2015Turns out the rumours were true after all: tonight (December 7) Eagles of Death Metal joined U2 onstage in Paris. Playing with U2 in front of thousands at the AccorHotels Arena, Eagles of Death Metal made their first live appearance since the band's concert in Paris became the site of a deadly terrorist attack that killed 89 people.
The performance followed Patti Smith's appearance with U2 last night, and like that earlier show, Eagles of Death Metal helped perform a moving rendition of Smith's "People Have the Power." EODM then apparently played their song "I Love You All the Time," which they have been using to help raise funds for the victims of the attacks.
"They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago. We would like to offer them ours tonight," Bono announced while introducing EODM.
You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance here at the 32-minute mark or see a few clips below. EODM member Josh Homme did not appear onstage.
UPDATE (12/08, 11 a.m.): As the New York Times reports, EODM frontman Jesse Hughes and drummer Julian Dorio visited the Bataclan, where the deadly attacks occurred last month. Apparently, they both laid flowers at a memorial site and read a tribute to the deceased. Hughes has also shared the following the statement about the appearance onstage with U2:
We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock 'n rollers cannot either… and we never will. 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 – of this great city. Thank you to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam, thank you to their wonderful management, 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. See you again in February, Paris.
The concert will appear as part of the HBO special U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST.