Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eagles Of Death Metal

This was the band performing at the Bataclan Theater in Paris last Friday night when ISIS terrorists entered the venue and slaughtered 89 people.  Despite its name the band is not a metal band ala Metallica, Anthrax or Anvil.  It's a rock band with a humorous touch, self described as The Eagles meet Metal.  The only two permanent members are Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme with the rest of the band a rotating bunch of friends and loonies.  The band was on a European tour supporting their recently released CD, Zipper Down.  Here's a video for the single Complexity featuring Hughes and Homme.
Yesterday they posted a note on Facebook for their fans.  The four people mentioned by name below  were murdered last Friday.
While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. 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 U.S. 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.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.
It's worth reading the entire post which also contains comments from several fans in attendance at Bataclan, at least one of whom was wounded in the massacre.

And here they are at a show this September in Cleveland performing a cover of Duran Duran's 1984 hit Save A Prayer.

And now to bring things full circle you can watch here the Eagles of Death Metal doing a terrific version of Save A Prayer with Duran Duran in London just a couple of weeks ago.  This is the original Duran Duran video which is worth watching for the beautiful shots of Sri Lanka scenery and monuments.  Save A Prayer is also one of those songs that THC Didn't Like To Admit He Liked.

UPDATE:  The Eagles of Death Metal played in Israel this past July despite an appeal to cancel their visit by the despicable Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd).  Water supports the destruction of Israel through his support of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement so hats off to the Eagles for going on with this visit.  The Batalcan theater has Jewish ownership and had been the subject of demonstrations by the BDS movement and Muslim groups because it allowed Jewish and Israeli events at the venue.

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