The rumors came true last night in Paris as Eagles Of Death Metal joined U2 on stage at the AccorHotels Arena.
U2 and EODM performed Patti Smith mainstay “People Have The Power,” followed by “I Love You All The Time,” a track off of EODM’s latest album Zipper Down, which the band are inviting other artists to cover in order to donate the proceeds to victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. (It should be noted that U2 yielded the stage to EODM when they performed “I Love You All The Time” so they could have their moment. Classy move, lads.)
When Bono introduced EODM on stage, he said, “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, we’d like to offer them ours tonight.” Bono is man of many words, but something so tragic that happened to EODM and their fans at Le Bataclan hasn’t been put so succinctly in the past three weeks.
After the performance, EODM took to their Facebook page to thank U2 for offering up their stage.
"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."
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.