Eagles Of Death Metal made their return to the stage in Paris tonight (February 16), three months after terrorists targeted their show at the Le Bataclan theatre.
Back in November, the Californian rockers were in the middle of a concert when four Islamic militants stormed the concert hall, killing 89 people – including merchandise manager Nick Alexander.
While Le Bataclan may still be closed following the attack, Jesse Hughes and his bandmates – including Josh Homme – headlined the L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix this evening, fulfilling their promise to complete the interrupted gig.
According to The AP, Hughes opened the show – where survivors of the attack were present – with the poignant words: “Bonsoir Paris, we’re ready for this.”
Later, between two songs, he addressed the crowd, stating: “Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll!”
The band, who made their their live return in Stockholm over the weekend, previously returned to Paris in December to pay their respects at a memorial set up outside Le Bataclan.
In an interview shortly after the attacks, the band vowed to return to the French capital and perform again, with Hughes saying at the time: “Our friends went to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live. I cannot wait to get back to Paris and play.”
Ahead of their gig in Paris tonight, Hughes spoke openly about how the attacks in Paris have affirmed his belief that “everyone” should carry guns for their own safety.
He told French television station iTélé: “Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
Following their show in Paris, Eagles Of Death Metal are also set to return to the UK to play Reading and Leeds 2016 this summer, their only UK festival performance.