Members of the California rock band that was on stage at a packed Paris nightclub when gunmen massacred dozens of fans with automatic weapons is "still trying to come to terms with what happened."
Eagles of Death Metal said in a Facebook post that they were “horrified” by Friday’s massacre at Le Bataclan where 89 people died in the bloodiest attack of several that unfolded simultaneously across Paris.
“Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander,” they said, referring to the 36-year-old British merchandise vendor who was among the first killed.
They went on to pay tribute to their “record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken” at the sold out 1,500 strong concert, “as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.”
"Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion," the statement said.
Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California. Josh Homme, one of the founders of the band and leader of the band Queens of the Stone Age, wasn't performing in Paris with Eagles of Death Metal.
The group went on to thank authorities in France and the U.S. along with “all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.”
The band released a new album, "Zipper Down," last month and were on a European tour but they said all shows were cancelled until further notice.