89 people were killed during the band’s concert in the French capital on November 13. Having previously called the Paris attacks “a direct hit on music” and praising the “gracefulness” of the band following the ordeal, Bono has now explained how he bought the band members new mobile phones and offered them use of his private jet in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
“We had a plane, which we put at the Eagles’ use if they wanted it, but they found another way. The best thing we could do for our fellow musicians was to buy them phones,” he explained to The New York Times.
“I spoke to Julian [Dorio] and to Jesse [Hughes]. But that was the best thing, Jesse said, just getting the phones to be texting and all the stuff that you do — social media — to find out what’s going on. Their phones were in the venue.”
Bono recalled speaking to the band after the incident: “Jesse took me through every moment. They really need proper counseling, though — not from a well-meaning Irish rock star. Because post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things. They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad.”
U2 recently confirmed that they will return to Paris for two shows on December 6 and 7. The first of the two U2 dates in the city had originally been planned for the day after the Paris attacks.
Speaking ahead of U2’s rescheduled Paris event, Bono told Associated Press: “We’re very, very of course moved by the fact that our fellow troubadours, the Eagles Of Death Metal, had such a hard time; they’re an extraordinary talented band, they’ve been through the most ugly nightmare and they have been very graceful about it.”