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Eagles of Death Metal Perform First Headlining Show in Paris Since Le Bataclan Attack

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Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris last night for the band’s first headlining gig in the city since 89 fans were killed at La Bataclan. The show stood out as a night of healing for the people of Paris and Eagles of Death Metal, who called the gig one of the most special shows and days of their lives.

The attack on Le Bataclan last November will always be remembered as one of the most tragic moments in rock history. EODM fans were senselessly slaughtered in an act of terror, but Paris wasn’t afraid to have Eagles back in their city. Less than a month after the attack, Eagles of Death Metal joined U2 for a Paris performance, but this was the band’s first headlining gig back since Le Bataclan.

Josh Homme, who almost never tours with EODM, played drums during the show. He didn’t kick Julian Dorio out of his drumming spot, though. Instead, two drum kits were set up so both musicians could be a part of the show. Eagles of Death Metal played 20 songs plus gave lead singer Jesse ‘Boots Electric’ Hughes’ solo time onstage.

Hughes led EODM with some powerful stage banter directed at the crowd, which was partially made up of Le Bataclan survivors along with family members of those who were lost at the tragic 2015 show. “Y’all, we are here to have a good time tonight,” Hughes declared. “Ain’t nobody gonna stops us! Can I get an amen?”

Hughes also started off “I Love You All The Time” with the statement, “I want to propose a toast. I see a room full of champions, nos amis. I f—ing love you all the time.”

The band thanked Paris for an unforgettable night via Facebook:

We love you so, so hard, Paris. Thank you all for being there with us. One of the most special shows — and days — of our lives.

Posted by Eagles Of Death Metal on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Check out fan-filmed footage of the Paris gig above and below. Eagles of Death Metal will continue trekking across Europe, performing three more gigs in France before flying out to South America and Australia. Click here for the band’s entire tour schedule.

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