Sunday 19 November 2017

Eagles of Death Metal members revisit Paris attack concert hall

Julian Dorio and Jesse Hughes pay their respects at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris (AP)
Julian Dorio and Jesse Hughes pay their respects at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris (AP)

Members of US rock band Eagles of Death Metal have paid an emotional visit to the ravaged Paris concert hall where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers.

They went to the Bataclan theatre in eastern Paris, whose facade has become a shrine to at least 89 people who were killed inside.

Silently and solemnly, the band members lay flowers at the site. Some embraced and some wiped away tears.

The band made a surprise return to the capital and performed with U2 on Monday night, their first on-stage appearance since the November 13 attacks.

The band members escaped the carnage by hiding in a dressing room. Co-founder Jesse Hughes said in an emotional interview that he wants the group to return there when the concert venue reopens.

U2 were playing the last of four concerts in Paris, two of which were postponed when France announced a state of emergency following the attacks.

Frontman Bono told the audience he wanted to introduce "some people whose lives will forever be a part of this city of Paris. These are our brothers. Our fellow troubadours. They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight".

The two bands then played the Patti Smith song People Have the Power.

Hughes told U2 and the crowd, "We love you too, so much, for giving us this opportunity. I look around and what do I see, nos amis, our friends. I f****** love you guys so hard, and I will never stop rocking and rolling."

Press Association

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