Of all the tragic events that happened on the evening of November 13 in Paris, France, perhaps the most horrifying was when gunmen stormed the Bataclan music hall in the middle of a concert and violently slaughtered the majority of the 129 innocent people who died that night.
On stage at the time were American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. After the news initially broke, there was a long period of time where it was unknown if the band or their crew had made it safely out of the concert. Later, it was revealed that Nick Alexander, the band’s merchandise manager, had been one of the victims.
The statement, released on Twitter, reads as follows:
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with out brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families and loved ones.
Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.
All EODM shows are now on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberte, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
The band included a photo of the “Peace, Love, Rock” French flag that has made the rounds on social media.