Eagles of Death Metal Return to Play Paris, Heal Emotional Wounds

By Amanda Wicks for Radio.com

Eagles of Death Metal have returned to Paris since that ominous November 13th when three gunmen opened fire on their concert at Le Bataclan, but Tuesday (February 16th) marked their first performance in the city.

Related: Eagles of Death Metal Speaks Out Against Gun Control

“A part of my heart is broken,” frontman Jesse Hughes told Britain’s ITV News before the show. “But tonight is gonna help repair that.”

The band returned to perform at the Olympia concert hall, filling the audience with survivors. “Bonsoir Paris, we’re ready for this!” Hughes told the gathered crowd. Le Bataclan, where the attack took place, is still closed.

Florian Novac was at the Eagles of Death Metal show on November 13th, and he returned to Tuesday’s performance. “After the attacks…I felt apprehension even being at the movies,” he said. “Now I’m not afraid, I am confident” (via Billboard).

In order to safeguard the band and audience, the venue posted armed guards at each entrance. Attendees were also required to undergo a bag and body search to ensure no weapons were allowed inside.

The band’s friend Colin Hanks was on hand to witness their return, and captured a shot from backstage. “I’m so proud of my friends. I’m so proud of Paris. I’m so proud of humanity,” he wrote.

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