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Eagles of Death Metal on Paris attacks: ‘Love overshadows evil’

Eagles of Death Metal concert site in Paris

A banner reads  “Freedom is a monument which can not be destroyed” on the facade of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where dozens were killed in a terrorist attack.

(Peter Dejong / Associated Press)

The Eagles of Death Metal has just issued the band’s first statement in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris during which dozens of fans attending one of the group’s performances were killed. The band’s merchandise manager also died in the massacre.

Here is the full text of the statement:

“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.

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“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 U.S. 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.”

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