Saturday 3 December 2016

Eagles Of Death Metal 'speechless' after Brit Awards nomination

Published 15/01/2016 | 08:01

Jesse Hughes from the Eagles Of Death Metal
Jesse Hughes from the Eagles Of Death Metal

Eagles Of Death Metal have said they are "speechless" following their Brit Awards nomination.

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The US rock band, whose concert was targeted during the Paris terror attacks resulting in scores of their fans being gunned down at the Bataclan Theatre, are up against U2 in the international group category.

They made a surprise return to Paris last month when they joined U2 on stage for an encore, belting out the Patti Smith anthem People Have The Power.

Eighty-nine people were killed in the Bataclan out of a total of 130 murdered in bars, cafes and restaurants in the shootings on November 13.

After their Brit Awards nomination was announced, Eagles Of Death Metal tweeted: "We are speechless. #BRITs Gigantic thanks to the @brits and to you all."

Frontman Jesse Hughes tweeted his thanks and said the nomination was "so amazing".

The California band escaped the carnage in Paris and later said they want to return to the French capital to finish their performance.

They visited the concert venue - now a shrine to the dead - to lay flowers less than a month on from the atrocities.

They embraced one another as they read messages in silence, fighting to contain their emotions.

Hughes wiped away tears before speaking briefly to thank the small group of fans at the site, also there to pay tribute.

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