Last night, Eagles of Death Metal, who were caught in the midst of the Paris attacks three months ago, returned to the city to perform. The band took the stage at the Olympia concert hall, as Le Bataclan, the theater they were playing when the violence that claimed 89 lives broke out in November, has yet to reopen. According to reports from the scene, front man Jesse Hughes greeted the crowd with a brief, “Bonsoir, Paris, we’re ready for this!” before starting the performance. Josh Homme, who rarely performs live with the band, also took the stage to play drums. The set list included renditions of “Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!),” a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” and “Speaking in Tongues.” Between songs, Hughes later added, “Peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll!”
Eagles of Death Metal’s Paris performance comes after the band restarted their canceled European tour with a stop in Stockholm this weekend. In an interview with French TV station iTélé before the Paris performance, Hughes discussed how he still experiences nightmares about the attacks, and went on to call for universal gun ownership. “Until nobody has guns,” Hughes said. “Everybody has to have them.” The band will continue their tour through Europe in the following weeks and then continue on to South America.