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The members of American rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose concert at the Bataclan concert hall was stormed during last week’s Paris attacks, have made their first statement since returning to the US.

The rockers said: “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France.”

Eagles of Death Metal (EODM) members said they were “bonded in grief with the victims, the fans… and all those affected by terrorism”.

Gunmen killed 89 people at the band’s gig at the Bataclan concert hall.

Among those who died were Nick Alexander, a man selling merchandise at the venue, and three employees of the band’s record company.

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“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,” Eagles of Death Metal’s statement reads.

“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 US 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.”

Eagles of Death Metal members escaped uninjured in the attack on the Bataclan, part of an orchestrated series of gun and bomb attacks that left 129 dead.


Laibach has become the first western rock group to play inside North Korea after August 19 concert in Pyongyang.

Photographs seem to show that the audience at the Ponghwa Theatre was appreciative, if not completely sure of what to make of the concert.

The Slovenian band describes itself as “a music and cross-media group” and is known for playing eclectic cover versions of famous songs.

The songs were accompanied by images styled from North Korean propaganda posters projected on to a screen, with translations in Korean.

As Laibach promised before travelling to North Korea, they played a number of songs from The Sound of Music, including Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi and The Hills Are Alive.Laibach North Korea concert 2015

It is not the first time Laibach performed the songs – but the choice to sing them in Pyongyang was deliberate.

The tour’s organizer, Morten Traavik, said the movie “is very well known in North Korea”.

The 1965 musical is one of the few western movies people are allowed to watch in the secretive state.

When a Vanity Fair journalist visited Pyongyang in March, one North Korean complained to him that he had to watch The Sound of Music more than 100 times as it “was our English-language textbook at university”.

The fact that The Sound of Music is about a family escaping from Nazi Germany does not seem to have set North Korean alarm bells ringing.

Laibach also performed Opus’ Life is Life, Europe’s The Final Countdown and Beatles’ Across the Universe.