Eagles of Death Metal thank U2 for ‘sharing the healing power of rock ‘n roll’ following Paris gig

Band made their live return for first time since Paris attacks last night

Eagles Of Death Metal have issued a statement after returning to the stage in Paris at a U2 gig last night (December 7).

As reported, the band joined U2 at the AccorHotels Arena and performed a cover of Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power’ alongside the Irish band before ending the gig with their own song ‘I Love You All The Time’.

U2’s French gigs were originally meant to take place in November but were postponed after terrorists attacked Paris, killing 130 people including 89 at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan venue.

Since the gig ended last night, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has issued a statement thanking Bono and U2 for their support in recent weeks.

“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,” the statement begins. “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.”

Watch footage of both performances below:

During both rescheduled concerts U2 paid tribute to those that died in the terrorist attacks with the victims’ names displayed in blue, white and red on a large screen behind the band as they played live.

“We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris,” Bono told the audience on Sunday night (December 6). He added, “We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul. We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve.”