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Eagles of Death Metal Release A Statement

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Eagles of Death Metal, whose concert was stormed in last Friday’s Paris attacks, has made its first statement since returning home to the US.

James Hetfield and Thomas Ayad
James Hetfield and Thomas Ayad

The band said: “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.”

The band said its members were “bonded in grief with the victims, the fans… and all those affected by terrorism.”

89 people lost their lives at the EODM’s gig at the Bataclan concert hall when it was stormed by gunmen.

Amongst the dead were Nick Alexander, a Briton selling merchandise at the gig, and also three employees of the band’s record company.

The band’s statement continues: “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.”

“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.”

On a related note, Metallica and Keith Richards have paid tribute to Mercury Records’ Thomas Ayad.

On Metallica’s Facebook page, the band posted a picture of singer James Hetfied with Ayad from 2011 and issued the following statement: “We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had the official title of being our ‘project manager,’ we knew him as a member of our Metallica family – a fan, a friend and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France.

“Friday, we lost Thomas at the Bataclan theatre in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times.”

In another heartfelt tribute to Ayad, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards wrote on Instagram: “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Ayad. Words cannot express the horror of what happened in Paris. I am horrified by the tragic events that took place in Paris last Friday night.”

Photos: Instagram. Facebook.

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