“These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours and they were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight,” Bono said at Paris’s AccorHotels Arena.
The bands then performed a joint cover of Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” before U2 left the stage, letting the Eagles of Death Metal conclude the concert with their song “I Love You All the Time.”
“Thank you, Paris,” Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes — clad in white and making liberal use of Bono’s expansive extended stage— said from the stage. “We love you, and we will never stop rocking and rolling.”
“Thank you so much for being back,” read a sign waved by a fan. “Stronger than fear.” Hughes also waved a French flag given him by a member of the audience.
The Eagles of Death Metal were thrust into the spotlight after three gunmen stormed their concert at Paris’s Bataclan, killing their merchandise manager and 88 other people an hour into their set.
“A great reason why so many were killed was because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends,” Hughes told Vice last month. “And so many people put themselves in front of people.”
The singer told Vice he wants to return to the tragedy as soon as possible.
“I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up,” he said, “because I was there when it went silent for a minute.”
The band also posted a message of thanks online.
“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,” the band wrote in a statement posted to its Facebook page. “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.”
The statement concluded: “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.”
After the show, a message posted to U2’s Twitter account read: “We lent you our stage, but you owned it. Thank YOU.”