Eagles of Death Metal Join U2 at Paris HBO Performance
Eagles of Death Metal were back in Paris Monday night, joining U2 onstage during the band's concert that was filmed for an HBO special, airing tonight at 9PM ET. U2 had been scheduled to perform the concert from Paris a few weeks back when the terrorist attack at Eagles of Death Metal's show led to many performances in Paris and the surrounding area to be postponed or canceled.
In the aftermath of the mayhem, U2 reached out to Eagles of Death Metal and learned that all of their cell phones had been left behind as they attempted to escape. Bono had initially offered them the use of his private jet and later helped out by purchasing new phones for the band members to get them back in contact with fans and loved ones.
Though Eagles of Death Metal did not join U2 at their Sunday performance as had been rumored, they were on hand for Monday night's taping of the HBO special. The group received a massive ovation from the crowd as they returned to the city of the horrific terrorist event for the first time since 89 people were killed at their show. They performed Patti Smith's "People Have the Power" and their own song "I Love You All the Time." “We will never give up rock and rolling,” Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes told the crowd, according to Vanyaland.
An emotional Hughes recently stated in a video interview that he wanted to be the first band that performs at the Bataclan when it re-opens. He stated, "Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live. Music is what we do, it's our lives and there's no way we're not going to keep doing it."
According to Variety, U2 kicked off the show with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)," after which Bono paid tribute to those lost in the recent attack, stating, "Tonight we are all Parisiens. Ce soir nous somme tous Parisien ... If you love liberty, Paris is your hometown." He later spoke about the healing power of rock and roll and how music saved him after the death of his mother as a teenager.
Watch footage from tonight's show above and below.