Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent border lockdown have forced Motörhead to postpone their Sunday concert in the city. The band’s crew, trucks and buses are unable to cross the border into France for the gig, which was to take place at concert venue the Zenith. The group intends to reschedule the gig for an unspecified date in January.
“Our hearts go out to all who have suffered in Paris tonight. We are so sorry; it is so utterly horrific,” the group wrote in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who has asked about us all. Everyone in the Motörcamp is safe, although as you have probably heard, Paris and, indeed, France, is understandably on lockdown until local authorities can gauge the full extent of what has occurred. We just hope everyone can heal.”
A rep for the group tells Rolling Stone that drummer Mikkey Dee had planned on attending Eagles of Death Metal’s concert at Paris’ Bataclan venue, where the most deadly attack took place. The drummer overslept and was unable to attend the show.
More than 100 people died at Bataclan, a legendary concert hall in the city, when attackers linked to ISIS stormed the nightclub and opened fire on concertgoers Friday night. Eagles of Death Metal were onstage at the time of the attack, but the band members were able to make it offstage alive. Reports from inside the venue describe the scene as a “bloodbath.”
Although Bataclan was the only music-related site that ISIS targeted, the effects of the attack have rippled throughout the concert industry. Foo Fighters canceled the remainder of their European tour, while U2 decided not to play the Parisian concert Saturday that was to be the subject of an upcoming HBO special.