Eagles Of Death Metal: ‘We are horrified and still coming to terms with what happened in France’

Band issue statement and confirm all of their live dates are on hold until further notice

Eagles of Death Metal have issued their first statement since 89 people were killed by gunmen at their gig in Paris on Friday night.

A total of 129 people were killed and around 350 injured after a series of violent attacks in the French capital on November 13, with Le Bataclan music venue the worst hit.

Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and Les InRocks reporter Guillaume B Decherf are also among the deceased.

The statement issued to the press and online this afternoon sees the band say they are “united in grief” with the victims, fans, families and people of Paris, while confirming that all of their future live dates are on hold. They also pay tribute to Nick Alexander and the three record company staff who were killed at Le Bataclan in the terrorist attack.

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The statement reads: “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 US 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.”

Musicians around the world have reacted with horror to the attacks, including those who have friends in the city and others who have performed at the Bataclan venue over the years. Among the artists who have delivered messages are Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto, AC/DC, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and more.

The likes of U2 and Foo Fighters have cancelled upcoming shows in Paris and elsewhere in Europe following the attacks.

Meanwhile, promotion company Live Nation has announced that it will be stepping up security procedures in the UK following the attacks.