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Eagles of Death Metal And The Recovery From Tragedy

Featured image credits to Charles Platiau/Reuters

In the wake of Scott Weiland’s death, which has been a huge ordeal and sorrow for many of our readers as well as contributors, some news developments have not been reported on the Eagles of Death Metal and their relationship with the tragic Paris Attacks last month, of which 89 people were killed by ISIL/Daesh operatives in the Bataclan where the play was playing a sold out show. For those who have missed these developments, they will be consolidated in one larger article.

After the attacks struck Paris, the Deftones and U2, the two largest acts that were currently scheduled for tour dates in Paris, cancelled them. Bono of U2, in the philanthropic way only Bono can provide, decided to begin the engagement of a triumphant return of rock music to Paris despite the scars of the recent tragedies in the City of Lights.

U2 returned to Paris for concert dates on December 6th and 7th at the AccorHotels Arena, replacing the older scheduled shows for November 14th and 15th. These dates are also regarded as the last tour dates for their 2015 “Innocence + Experience” Tour, their first tour in four years. It is also worth noting the two previous nights, Pathway to Peace hosted a two night concert in Paris starring the likes of Patti Smith, Flea, Thom Yorke (who debuted new material), Warren Ellis and others.

Triumphantly, on the second night of U2’s residency, they were joined on stage by Eagles of Death Metal, with Jesse Hughes in a stunning white disco-looking suit, rocking it as hard as the band did the stage and audience with their cover of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith. After the cover, U2 left the stage as Eagles of Death Metal had a chance to perform their song from Zipper Down, “I Love You All the Time,” which is currently the subject of a campaign in which the band encourages other musicians and acts to cover the song, and royalty proceeds will go to charity. The song, ironically, also features French lyrics. Current cover versions so far include Savages, Matt Cameron & Alain Johannes, the Dean Ween Group and others.

The band also returned to the Bataclan, to physically pay their respects to the victims of the ISIS attack there, in which they narrowly escaped. They put flowers out and stood for a couple of minutes, reading tributes and, in one way to put it, mourning.

When my friend Justin and I got to meet Eagles of Death Metal just weeks before Paris, they put on a rambunctious, floor stomping show. Much like Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme’s other band, Eagles of Death Metal are part of a larger royal house, that of rock n’roll. From B.B. King down to Elvis to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, they are contenders to the throne of rock n’roll, a prestigious princedom with groves of growls, rhythms and grooves protected by hordes of guitar-welding knights.  For me, it is incredibly frustrating, on top of sad and tragic, that a band like this has been subject to such a tragedy which left 89 fans and crew members dead. I had talked to the whole band and no matter what kind of front some of them might have put up, I could see their bonds radiating off the stage and it is always nice to see bands with great chemistry and harmony that rules them. Never in a million years would I have guessed this would have happened them, but thankfully they are going about this the best they can. They are not giving up, which is what their fans that have passed on would have wanted.

Currently, there are many factions of American and international society who are spitting out hate against certain groups of people, like Muslims, over the incidents in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino. There factions are too obvious to bring to name or too subtle to mention, but you know who are. I have seen none of that from the artists directly affected by these incidents and it is incredibly inspiring. I salute you, Eagles of Death Metal. Heal on, rock on.

Rock and roll never fucking dies.

 

Eagles of Death Metal Release Statement: ‘Love Overshadows Evil’

Earlier today, Eagles of Death Metal released a statement regarding the Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

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.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”

Eagles of Death Metal lost four people who worked with the band: their merchandise manager Nick Alexander (who has worked for Cat Stevens, Sum 41, Alice in Chains and more) and Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who all worked for record companies. While the tour is on hiatus, the band says they will play a show in Alexander’s memory in Austria on Dec 17th.

There is a campaign to get EODM’s cover of “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran to Number 1 in the United Kingdom. If you live in the United Kingdom, we urge you to support this campaign. AlternativeNation met EODM weeks before the attack at the show at LA’s Teragram Ballroom and the show’s review can be found here.

Eagles of Death Metal Still Under Lockdown In Paris Hotel With Guards

The Eagles of Death Metal are still in a hotel in Paris with guards protecting them and also a reported FBI presence, following the terrorist attack on their concert on Friday that killed fans and the band’s merchandise vendor Nick Alexander (a GoFundMe has been set up in his name).

While the band are still under lockdown in their hotel waiting to return home to Los Angeles, frontman Jesse Hughes’ family spoke to FOX Carolina about the tragedy. Mark King said, “The tragedy is awful, the deaths are awful, the reason it happened is unexplainable, but if anybody takes anything good away from this, is that a good person survived, and will never ever forget it.”

Don King said, “From the King and Hughes family, what we would like to say to the people of the City of Lights, we’re heartbroken over it too, because these people were the people who loved our cousin. And the other people who were victims of the tragedy, our heart goes out to them. We can only imagine how they feel, we almost lost our cousin, and it almost killed us thinking that he might have passed away.”

If any Alternative Nation readers have links to charities or donations to help the families of the victims, let us know and we will try to spread them.

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Josh Homme Owns Party Crasher, Talks To Alternative Nation

Co-written & photography by Elias Fulmer and Justin Zabilski

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a show that good. The Eagles of Death Metal recently kicked off their tour of Zipper Down with two shows in Los Angeles (not counting an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live) and appearances at Santa Ana’s Beach Goth and Aftershock in Sacramento. AlternativeNation was lucky enough to receive passes to the second show at the Teragram Ballroom, a relatively new venue in Los Angeles that hosted a secret show for Queens of the Stone Age last month as well as an additional Eagles of Death Metal show on the 19th. Alternative Nation also had a chance to briefly talk to Josh Homme, Reggie Watts, and Alex Turner, and to also be in the midst of Josh Homme hilariously kicking someone out of the backstage area!

Opening the night was another Palm Desert band Gram Rabbit, whose music combines of electronica, rock, country, and psychedelia. Their set was accompanied by a mirage of visuals from Alice in Wonderland and other aesthetic driven films with an array of colorful lights thrown into the mix. They played much heavier than their studio recordings, likely to appeal to the audience, and were well received by the crowd. If interested, they are hosting a Halloween event in Pioneertown, California. Information available here.

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Gram Rabbit, performing live

When the Eagles Of Death Metal came on, the crowd instantly lit up with receptive cheers. Jesse Hughes entered wearing a golden hooded cape, with Josh Homme sitting on the drums, David Catching on guitar, and Matt McJunkins (of A Perfect Circle) on bass. Auxiliary guitarist Eden Galindo also performed on certain songs. They started the show off with “Bad Dream Mama” off of Peace Love and Death Metal and it only went up from there. Curiously enough, the setlist consisted of songs from their older material, with only a handful of Zipper Down songs being featured. However, the crowd didn’t seem to mind getting to hear their old favorites along with the new material. AlternativeNation’s Swedish reporter, Hanna Graf, reviewed the album a few weeks ago.

Certainly it can be said that Jesse Hughes knows how to work a crowd. He was all over the place, changing outfits, interacting with his other band mates and the crowd, and even giving a shout-out to a certain birthday girl in the audience. His stage banter was top notch, telling the stories behind some of the songs adjacent to playing them and joking about guitarist Dave Catching wanting to marry him. The current lineup had an incredible energy and chemistry on stage and all stage members all shared vocals at different points of the show. Josh Homme, because of commitments to other bands, does not always perform with the band and his appearance was quite a treat.

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Eagles of Death Metal, performing live

The music was the real treat of the night, EODM played quite a long set, but nobody even thought about calling it a night early. Calling it a solid performance is an understatement. Sometimes when you are in the crowd you can just tell that this is one of the shows they have their whole heart in, and this was definitely one of them. The set also hosted two covers, “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran and “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. After the main set, Hughes did a solo encore before being rejoined by the whole for even more encores and then finally ending the set with “Speaking in Tongues”. At the end of the last song when you thought it was over, they restarted the main riff and continued even more with a solo-off between Catching and Hughes, playing off crowd interaction. They left the crowd lusting for more, they left us wanting more, and then they took a bow.

Josh and Jesse

Of course, after the show all who were able packed in tightly backstage to give their compliments to the musicians. The family and friends of the band were there giving their support. Upon being asked what it’s like to have a dad for a rockstar, Hughes’ son, Micah, said “It’s fucking awesome!” There were others backstage of course, such as the likes of comedian Reggie Watts and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. Reggie Watts was extremely personable and brought along his kind friend Erick Lodwik, an East Coast musician who had recently moved out to Los Angeles. Getting to spend some time with Watts, we found out that him and Josh Homme had become friends ever since Homme’s appearance on Comedy Bang Bang, which Watts used to host from 2012 until recently. Watts didn’t just sit backstage either, he was in the crowd enjoying the show. Nobody could just sit backstage for such a show, it had to be experienced. Alex Turner showed up late in the set and he was very reserved but polite. We exchanged few words with him but we had an about 15 second staring contest with all of our mouths’, including Turner’s, opened almost to say in unison, “Do I know you?”
Josh Homme was a character, a smart ass but in the best way and highest compliment possible. He is a short recap of a conversation between us:

Fulmer: “Hey, how are you?”
Homme: [pauses] “…I guess I’m doing PRETTY well!”
Fulmer: “Sorry we didn’t introduce ourselves earlier.”
Homme: “Oh yeah, I’m so disappointed you didn’t introduce yourselves earlier.”

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Josh “Baby Duck” Homme on drums

Homme, past the sarcasm in good jest, was pretty nice and took several pictures, shook hands and chatted a bit after the show. In the parking lot was his famous Camaro, the same car he has had since he was 14 years old. One of the more memorable moments backstage was when Homme, in his regular fashion, threw out who I can only assume was a local party crasher. In our interactions with the crasher, it was obvious this guy was full of crap, prancing around like he owned the place. He was pretending to be somebody and spouting off like he was the owner. Josh finally getting annoyed stepped out into the hallway where the crasher was loitering and bothering the other attendee’s, and told him “You’re done, get out”. When the crasher looked upon him confused Josh reaffirmed his position and began walking towards him elevating his voice saying “get out” until the crasher quickly got out of his sight, with his tail between his legs. Would it be an Eagles of Death Metal show if Homme didn’t have any of his usual antics which constitute him to be a well-rounded person? Jesse Hughes seemed as he always is, an old-timey cowboy with a quick wit but quicker with a 6-string. He is the perfect method actor and is perfect for the role he will play in Gutterdämmerung. The other live members, David Catching and Matt McJunkins, were very humble in person and possessed a great stage presence.

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I would be doing a disservice not to mention the sound quality of the night. Being active in the music scene, both of us suffer from near constant tinnitus which tends to flare up after a show. But with the excellent acoustics of the Teragram and great sound engineering, neither of us had that incessant ringing afterwards or at least not any worse than usual. Still, it was more than loud enough to get lost in the performance. Definitely check out the Teragram if you get the chance or see an act you like is playing there, Los Angeles is incredibly lucky to have such a venue new on the scene. To follow the rest of the Eagles of Death Metal’s tour, click here. Setlist is below:

Intro
Bad Dream Mama
Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
So Easy
Complexity (Boots Electric cover)
Kiss the Devil
Shasta Beast
Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
The Reverend
Cherry Cola
Got a Woman (Slight Return)
Wannabe in L.A.
Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
Miss Alissa
Anything ‘Cept the Truth
I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)
I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)

Encore

Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover) 
Already Died (Jesse Hughes solo)
Stuck in the Metal (Jesse Hughes solo)
I Only Want You
Speaking in Tongues

Additional pictures:

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Kiss The Devil, from the October 19th show

Axl Rose ‘Should Grow The F**k Up And Let Guns N’ Roses Play’

I recently interviewed Eagles of Death Metal singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes for the BraveWords site, and in addition to discussing the group’s new album, Zipper Down, I couldn’t help but ask a Guns N’ Roses question (in case you forgot, EoDM were set to open shows for Guns in 2006, but it only lasted a single performance, with Axl Rose calling the band “Pigeons of Shit Metal” from the stage):

BraveWords: I’ve heard that two guitarists recently left Guns N’ Roses. Would you be a suitable replacement?

Jesse Hughes: “You know what man, every year, since Axl Rose fired us from the tour [in 2006], I have sent him a very sincere request – around Christmas time – inviting him to come in the studio and record two Christmas songs, and be released as ‘The Pigeons Of Shit Metal.’ And I always close it with a very judgmental, ‘Because I want you to know Axl, I’m willing to forgive you, and I feel like the rest of the world is, too.’ So I think that final statement he probably doesn’t appreciate too much, but Axl Rose unfairly – and incorrectly – is identified as ‘Guns N’ Roses.’ And I take umbrage to that. To me, Guns N’ Roses is Duff McKagan, Izzy fuckin’ Stradlin, Slash, and Steve Adler, and then Axl. When Axl was alone in the band, it was just ‘G n’ R.’ The ‘uns’ and the ‘oses’ became Velvet Revolver. And we just played a show in England, and Duff was there. It was fuckin’ awesome. I think if Guns N’ Roses really wants to play again, then Axl should grow the fuck up, and let THE Guns N’ Roses play. And that ain’t gonna happen unless it’s the actual members. Unless you want to turn Guns N’ Roses into a band like Menudo, or if it’s trying to turn it into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I mean, the Ringling brothers are dead, but you can still go to their circus, I guess.”

Read the rest of the interview (trust me, it’s an entertaining one) here.