Despite reports to the contrary, Eagles of Death Metal will not perform with U2 in Paris on Sunday night.
U2 made the announcement on its website. “We’re back in Paris and it’s great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case,” the band said in a statement. “We have another surprise guest planned for tonight’s show.”
Sunday’s show is the first of two concerts U2 will play for Paris fans. The band was forced to postpone its shows in the city on Nov. 14 and 15, following a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
“So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of Nov. 13 is irreplaceable,” Bono said last month in announcing the rescheduled shows. “For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. We’re going to put on our best for Paris.”
Eighty-nine of the 130 dead were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Le Bataclan music venue on Nov. 13, including Nick Alexander, the group’s merchandise manager. In the wake of the attack, U2 provided Eagles of Death Metal members with phones and met with the group before leaving Paris.
“Jesse [Hughes, the Eagles of Death Metal lead singer] took me through every moment,” Bono told the New York Times. “They really need proper counseling, though – not from a well-meaning Irish rock star. Because post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things. They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad.”
During an interview with VICE following the attacks, Hughes and his bandmates described the horror of the attacks, but said the group wanted to be the first to play at Le Batalcan when it reopens.