Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which resulted in 129 dead and more than 352 injured, 99 of whom are in critical condition, American rock band Eagles of Death Metal have issued a statement on Facebook to let fans know that “while the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.”
The band was set to perform at Le Bataclan on Nov. 13, when the venue was raided. Gunmen seized over 100 hostages, killing 89 people at the venue–including the band’s merch manager Nick Alexander and members of their record label: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez–according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Eagles of Death Metal went on thank French police on Facebook:
“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.”
Le Bataclan also issued a statement to all the victims of the attacks, which has been translated from French:
“Dear friends, No words can express the magnitude of our grief. Our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their families.
Many of you want to collect your things at the Bataclan, unfortunately the authorities still need to work on site. We will keep you informed once it is possible to gather in front of the room.
A hotline is available for you to retrieve your belongings and those of your loved ones. This is the 01 49 96 33 21, available between 8am and 20h. Thank you for your support that touches us deeply.”