Eagles of Death Metal on stage in Paris almost a month after attacks

Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov 13, 2015, moments before four men with assault rifles stormed in and massacred fans.
Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov 13, 2015, moments before four men with assault rifles stormed in and massacred fans. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Eagles of Death Metal, the American rock band that survived a extremist attack on their concert in Paris last month, made an emotional return to the stage in the French capital on Monday (Dec 7) night alongside U2.

"They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight," U2 frontman Bono said, embracing the band's lead singer Jesse Hughes before breaking into a rousing rendition of Patti Smith's People Have The Power.

Fans had been left guessing about whether Eagles of Death Metal would perform alongside U2 at the 16,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena.

Expectation had been mounting since the Irish group gave strong hints last week about "special guests" joining them at their two rescheduled Paris gigs.

U2 had been due to play on Nov 14 and 15, but the gigs were cancelled after the coordinated shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on Nov 13 that left 130 people dead.

In the worst of the atrocities, 90 people, many of them young, were killed by gunmen at the Bataclan music venue just as the Eagles of Death Metal were starting their set.