A fan-shot clip captured frontman Jesse Hughes on stage alone fielding requests from fans and first picking out “Bag O’ Miracles” from EODM’s 2006 LP, Death By Sexy. After, Hughes admitted that his nerves were so high he’d snapped a tendon in his middle finger and apologized for any potential mistakes. But his ensuing cover of “Brown Sugar” was spot-on — delightfully raucous and skeezy, with ample backing vocals provided by the audience.
Eagles of Death Metal’s concert at L’Olympia also notably featured co-founder Josh Homme on drums. While the Queens of the Stone Age mastermind appears on the band’s albums, he typically does not play with them live. The musician, however, went beat-for-beat with regular touring drummer Julian Dorio, as seen in the fan-shot clips below of “Speaking in Tongues,” off 2004’s Peace, Love, Death Metal, and “Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang),” from Death By Sexy.
Eagles of Death Metal will continue their rescheduled European trek through March. On Saturday, February 13th, the band took the stage in Stockholm for their first full concert since 89 people were killed during their gig at the Bataclan. In December, however, EODM did return to Paris to help U2 close out their concert just three weeks after the attack.
Prior to the L’Olympia concert, Hughes gave an emotional interview with French television channel, iTélé, in which he slammed the country’s strict gun control policies. The frontman, an outspoken proponent of the rights of gun owners, was asked whether the attack had altered his opinion on the issue, to which he replied: “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them, because I don’t want to see anything like this ever happen again, and I want everyone to have the best chance to live. I saw people die that maybe could have lived.”