Rock band Eagles of Death Metal have issued a statement on Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks, which left more than 120 dead in the French capital. The band was performing at Le Bataclan concert hall at the time of the attacks, when terrorists stormed the venue and took hostages, leaving nearly 100 dead, including the band’s merchandise manager.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France,” EODM wrote on their Facebook page. “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.”
The band, which was formed by former Queens of the Stone Age lead singer Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes in 1998, also posted a picture of the French flag, with hand gestures for “peace,” “love” and “rock and roll” in each of the colors.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
The band, whose future shows are on hold “until further notice,” concluded their statement with this message: “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”