All musicians are safe but opening act lost their merch crewmember.
By Blurt Staff
UPDATE 11/20: Rolling Stone is reporting that Josh Homme’s charity, Sweet Stuff Foundation, has put a call out for donations to help families of the victims. “Thank you for a moment to pause. Now time to help,” the Sweet Stuff Foundation wrote on Twitter. “Please donate.” All donations made to the group through December 31st will go to the surviving families of those killed throughout the city. Those who give over $100 will also receive a limited edition “I Give” T-shirt.
Eagles of Death Metal, now back in the States, have issued a statement via their Facebook page expressing sorry and solidarity over the Bataclan massacre and the other attacks Friday night in Paris. Read it below, along with one from the Austrian group that was the opening act:
Eagles of Death Metal:
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 our 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 on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.
We returned home last Sunday… We are in good health, though the events are still too close, the impressions too touching. [Nick Alexander], a member of our crew who sold merchandise, was shot and killed. A good friend of ours has been shot but, blessedly, he is on the way to recovery. It’s difficult for us to come to terms with the terrible incident.
We are happy, but miserable at the same time. Happy, because we are back with our families, who help immensely to make us feel safe again; miserable, because we know that many families have to mourn following the weekend. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with all victims and their relatives.