Say what you want against U2 leading man Bono but this guy knows how to deliver iconic gestures. During the band’s performance last night in Paris he brought none other than the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL on stage to perform the PATTI SMITH classic People Have The Power. Bono introduced Jesse Hughes and his gang with the words: ‘They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago. We would like to offer them ours tonight.’
It’s the first public performance by EAGLES OF DEATH METAL following the deadly terrorist attacks during their Paris show last month where 87 people in the audience got killed. U2 were also forced to cancel their scheduled Paris performances back then. Jesse Hughes also issued a statement following their joint performance.
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.
Watch a HD recording of the full performance, including the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL track I Love You You All The Time, right here.