Eagles of Death Metal will return to Europe in 2016
Eagles of Death Metal have lined up a 2016 European tour that will mark their first since terrorists struck the group’s show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, on Nov. 13. The band’s first gig since that horrific incident took place earlier this month, when they teamed with U2 in Paris to perform a cover of Patti Smith ‘s “People Have the Power” and their own tune, “I Love You All the Time.”
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes discussed the impact U2 had on him wanting to play live again.
“U2 were trying to make sure we didn’t have something in us killed,” Hughes said. “They would have accomplished their goal if they had just performed the song with us. They didn’t have to give us the stage for the last song. And they did. They took care of us completely. They weregenuine and sincere, and they were very proud of our accomplishments after the fact. That was such a beautiful way to put training wheels on for performing.”
Huges was also moved by the fan reaction to Eagles of Death Metal’s Play if Forward campaign, which inspired musicians of various genres to cover the band’s song “I Love You All the Time” in honor of the victims of the Paris incident. The band said they would donate any publishing proceeds they got from covering the song to those impacted by the attacks via band member Josh Homme’s The Sweet Stuff Foundation. Bands that have covered the tune include Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and Florence + the Machine for the cause.
Eagles of Death Metal’s 2016 European run kicks off Feb. 13 in Stockholm, Sweden. The band will play Paris’ Olympia on Feb. 16.
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