U2 & Eagles of Death Metal to Perform in Paris on Sunday
By John Boone
UPDATE: U2 addressed the rumors on their website on Dec. 6: "We're back in Paris and it's great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight's show."
Nearly one month after the tragic attacks on Paris, in which 100 victims were killed when gunmen opened fire during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, the band is returning to Paris to perform alongside U2.
Eagles of Death Metal will join Bono and his rock band for U2’s final song at their rescheduled show on Sunday at the AccorHotels Arena, reports Billboard.
U2 was originally scheduled to perform on Nov. 14 and 15, but rescheduled their shows to Dec. 6 and 7 in the wake of the shootings. Their HBO special, U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris, will air direct from France the second night.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," Bono said in a statement at the time. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows...We're going to put on our best for Paris."
As for Eagles of Death Metal, who had indefinitely cancelled the remained of their European tour, Billboard says that they will resume shows in February.
“I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up,” frontman Jesse Hughes told Vice in the band's first interview following the tragedy. “Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back and live.”
“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 band said in a statement. “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”