Paris attacks: California rock band returns home, suspends all shows

Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.
Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert was turned into a bloodbath by gunmen opening fire on the audience during their performance, has returned to the United States and suspended all further shows, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

All the musicians in the band survived Friday night's attack unharmed, but the group's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, 36, a Briton, was among the scores of people killed in the massacre.

The statement, posted on social media outlets of the Eagles of Death Metal, was the first official word on the band's whereabouts since the attack by gunmen on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris while the band was playing there.

Band co-founder Jesse Hughes and other members of the group, which also goes by the acronym EODM, were in the middle of a European tour promoting the recent release of their fourth album, Zipper Down.

The band's other principal member, Josh Homme, rarely tours with the group and was not in Paris on the night of the attack.

"While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France," the band's statement said.

"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," it said.

The statement concluded: "All EODM shows are on hold until further notice."

The band had been scheduled to conclude its 32-city European tour in December with a stop in Portugal.

It played only 11 of those dates before Friday's tragedy.