“We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ’n rollers cannot either…and we never will. We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city. Thank you to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam, thank you to their wonderful management, thank you to France, and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016. See you again in February, Paris.”
Eagles of Death Metal have joined U2 live on stage tonight in Paris, less than a month after terrorists stormed their show at the nearby Bataclan. Jesse Hughes and company unexpectedly joined U2 at the Accor Hotels Arena for a cover of Patti Smith’s “The People Have The Power” before taking front and center to perform their song “I Love You All The Time,” a track which Eagles of Death Metal urged others to cover and release as a means to raise money for victims of the attacks.
“We will never give up rock and rolling,” Hughes just told the crowd.
U2’s concert tonight was being taped for a broadcast tonight on HBO, and was rescheduled after the Paris attacks. The band were set to play the French capital the day after terrorists killed 129 people in a rampage across the city, including 89 at the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, and rumors swirled that Eagles of Death Metal would be the surprise guests at one of their two rescheduled Paris gigs.
It looks like the Eagles of Death Metal cameo came at the very end of U2’s concert, making Bono and company’s gesture to give up the stage to them for the final song even more emotional.
Watch clips and view images from the concert below, and we’ll post more audio and visuals as they become available. Featured photo up top via @U2Start on Twitter.