US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal have issued a statement today about the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander, was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks at Le Bataclan. Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and Les InRocks reporter Guillaume B Decherf are also among the deceased.
In a statement issued across social media, Eagles Of Death Metal they are ‘horrified’ at what happened and are ‘still trying to come to terms’ with it:
— EaglesOfDeathMetal (@EODMofficial) November 18, 2015
The statement reads in full:
While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.
Our thoughts 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.
Earlier this week, a Facebook campaign group was set-up to get the Eagles’ Of Death Metal song Save A Prayer (a cover of the Duran Duran hit) to number one in the charts.