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Bataclan Opening Band: ‘We Are Happy, But Miserable at the Same Time’

“We are in good health, though the events are still too close, the impressions too touching,” White Miles write

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Bataclan opening band White Miles have issued a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims of Paris' terror attack last week

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White Miles, the Austrian alt-rock duo that was opening for Eagles of Death Metal on their recent tour and at Paris’ Bataclan last week, have issued a statement about their well-being following the terror attack on their concert.

“We returned home last Sunday. … We are in good health, though the events are still too close, the impressions too touching,” the group’s Medina Rekic and Hansjörg Loferer wrote in a joint statement. “[Nick Alexander], a member of our crew who sold merchandise, was shot and killed. A good friend of ours has been shot but, blessedly, he is on the way to recovery. It’s difficult for us to come to terms with the terrible incident.

“We are happy, but miserable at the same time. Happy, because we are back with our families, who help immensely to make us feel safe again; miserable, because we know that many families have to mourn following the weekend. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with all victims and their relatives.”

The group said that the concerts it had planned with Eagles of Death Metal have been canceled, as have their headlining shows in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

White Miles will return to the stage on December 17th in Innsbruck, Austria. “[The concert] will be played in remembrance of our lost friend Nick Alexander,” they wrote. Alexander, who was 36, had been manning the merch booth at the time of the attack and was shot and killed.

A reported 89 people died at the Bataclan venue Friday, according to the New York Times, when assailants opened fire on the crowd and took over 100 people hostage. The attackers, who were associated with ISIS, coordinated several attacks on the city that night, leaving what the Times is reporting as 129 dead in total.

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