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Eagles of Death Metal return to Bataclan to remember terror attack victims

Members of Eagles Of Death Metal gave a surprise performance at a service marking the second anniversary of the terror attack on their Bataclan gig.
Frontman Jesse Hughes was joined by the band’s guitarist Dave Catching at the service outside the venue in Paris on Monday (13Nov17).
The duo played two songs, including a cover of Duran Duran’s Save a Prayer, the last song they performed at the 2015 concert before gunmen opened fire on gig-goers, killing 89.
According to Agence France-Presse, an emotional Hughes told reporters: “It is difficult to not to remember the people who were taken from us like our friend Nick Alexander (a merchandiser for the band) and so many others.
“We watched people give their lives for their friends and we were able to bear witness to that, and now we have a burden of responsibility to make certain that everyone knows that kind of love exists in this world.”
The incident at the Bataclan venue was part of a series of co-ordinated attacks across Paris, leaving a total of 130 dead.
Last year Hughes missed a memorial concert marking the first anniversary of the attack, after he made controversial comments suggesting security staff may have been in on the terror plot. Instead, he and his bandmates joined a town hall memorial to remember those who lost their lives across the city.
He subsequently apologised for his remarks, and this year brought his mother with him to remember the victims.
Thanking fans for the reception he and his bandmate received he added: “There’s no reason to fear anything. Look at all this, surrounded by love. We got to sing two songs terribly and people still liked us. I don’t think that it gets any better than that.”
The memorial was led by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who reportedly spoke to Hughes and embraced him at the event.

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