Wednesday 21 February 2018

Eagles Of Death Metal 'to join U2' at rescheduled concert in Paris

U2 frontman Bono has vowed the band's rescheduled concert in Paris will be their best show
U2 frontman Bono has vowed the band's rescheduled concert in Paris will be their best show

Eagles Of Death Metal will reportedly be joining U2 on stage in Paris less than a month after 89 people were killed at their concert.

Mass confusion and panic overcame the Bataclan theatre in the French capital when two gunmen stormed the American band's gig and fired indiscriminately at the crowd during a series of terror attacks on Friday November 13.

U2 cancelled two Paris concerts in the wake of the atrocities but will play rescheduled shows on Sunday and Monday at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy in what frontman Bono has vowed will be their best show.

Billboard magazine has reported that Eagles Of Death Metal will join the Irish rockers on stage for the final song, but the magazine said it was unclear which night they would appear.

The arena is on the banks of the Seine in the Bercy area, near the 11th arrondissement, where terrorists targeted the Bataclan and pubs, cafes and restaurants, killing 130 people.

In a video interview with Vice News last week, vocalist Jesse Hughes, 43, recalled how the gunmen, after storming the venue, killed everyone who had fled into a dressing room apart from ''a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket''.

Hughes broke down as he spoke of the selflessness of those caught up in the horror, including 36-year-old merchandise manager Nick Alexander, from Colchester, Essex, who was killed.

He said: ''(Nick) stayed quiet and never called for help until he bled out, because he didn't want anyone else to get hurt.''

Sound engineer Shawn London recalled the chilling moment he made eye contact with one of the gunmen from behind his console.

When the gunfire first erupted, many people ran to hide behind his desk.

London said: ''He looked right at me. He shot at me and missed. It hit my console and buttons went flying everywhere.''

Hughes fought back tears as he spoke of the guilt he felt at leaving his fellow musicians on the stage, and not knowing if they had made it out alive.

He said the hallways of the venue were ''like a labyrinth'' as terrified concert-goers searched for a way out.

Drummer Julian Dorio vowed to finish their Paris gig, saying he is ''counting down the days'' until they can do so.

Hughes told Vice he ''cannot wait'' to get back to Paris.

He said: ''I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up, because I was there when it went silent for a minute.''

Co-founder Josh Homme said: ''We don't really have a choice. We have to finish the tour.''

One of the few artists to defy safety concerns to play in Paris in the wake of the atrocities was veteran Northern Ireland punk band Stiff Little Fingers, formed in 1977 at the height of the Troubles.

The concert on Monday will be filmed live and will be shown on HBO.

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