Exactly three months after the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people including 89 people at the city’s Bataclan venue, Eagles of Death Metal returned to the stage Saturday for their first official concert since the November 13th tragedy. The group kicked off their new trek at Stockholm’s Debaser Medis, where Eagles of Death Metal performed a 17-song set that included a cover of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” as well as their own “I Love You All the Time,” which has become the band’s signature song following the Bataclan attack.
While Jesse Hughes and company appeared at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena to help close out U2’s Paris concert three weeks after the terror attacks, the Stockholm gig marked Eagles of the Death Metal’s first concert of their Nos Amis Tour, a trek of rescheduled dates after the band cut their November tour of Europe short as they recovered after witnessing the tragedy. Nick Alexander, the band’s merchandise manager, was killed in the Bataclan attack.
In addition to the Stockholm concert, Hughes also appeared on Swedish television to talk about the Bataclan terror attack:
Eagles of Death Metal’s European tour continues Sunday with a gig at Oslo, Norway’s Sentrum Scene. On Tuesday, the band will make their return to Paris for their first concert there since the Bataclan tragedy at the French capital’s Olympia venue; the Bataclan has still not reopened since the terror attack. Fans who had tickets to the Bataclan concert can attend the Olympia concert for free.
“The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month,” Hughes previously said in a statement. “Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming. Not returning to finish our set was never an option. We look forward to coming back in February and continuing our mission to bring rock & roll to the world.”