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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.

 

Eddie Vedder’s Tribute To Fan Killed In Paris To Be Played At Funeral

On Monday, I published a story on Alternative Nation about Eddie Vedder dedicating Pearl Jam’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was tragically killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris nearly two weeks ago by ISIS terrorists. Our story had video of Pearl Jam’s performance of “Imagine,” but not Vedder’s speech we had a transcription of. A friend of Pierre-Antoine reached out to me asking for audio of Vedder’s speech, so it could be played at his funeral to dedicate “Imagine” to him.

I reached out to Pearl Jam fans on Twitter and the Ten Club boards searching for the audio, and then I e-mailed a contact in Pearl Jam’s organization, and despite the band being on tour in South America, they managed to quickly pull the professional audio of the speech and get it sent to Pierre-Antoine’s friends and family in time for the funeral. It was a total class act move on the part of the Pearl Jam Ten Club organization, and it made me quite emotional when I was told that they had sent it. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Pierre-Antoine. Read Eddie Vedder’s tribute below, as transcribed by Sea on the PearlJam.com forums.

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

I didn’t know Pierre-Antoine, but just from the pictures I’ve seen, he had an infectious smile. Rest in peace.

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.

Scott Weiland Talks James Bond & Star Wars Theories: Is Luke Skywalker Evil?

Written by Alternative Nation reader Doug Mack:

On Sunday night I saw Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts in Covington, KY. Since Scott has always been my favorite artist, I bought a meet and greet package which included meeting him after the concert, getting autographs, a picture with him, and a signed tour poster from the whole band. I talked to Scott about whether he thinks Luke Skywalker will turn to the dark side in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his thoughts on the latest James Bond film Spectre after the show, which you can read about later in this article.

The concert was definitely different from what I am used to. The venue had about 5 local bands play short 20-25 minute sets before Scott and the crew came on stage close to 10PM. Scott played for about an hour. I was front and center against the stage so I was lucky enough to get a lot of interaction from Scott during the set with fist bumps and handshakes throughout the set.

I will be honest, I felt like I was the only hardcore fan there at the venue. It appeared to me that the majority of the crowd was comprised of fans of the local bands that played earlier. I was the only person there with a Scott Weiland shirt, and I found out later that I was the only person who purchased a meet and greet. This is the third time that I have seen Scott with the Wildabouts, and about the 10th time I have seen him in his various bands: STP, Velvet Revolver, the 12 Bar Blues solo tour, and the Happy in Galoshes solo tour.

The setlist was similar to what I have seen him do in the past few concerts, but he did do an encore of the Velvet Revolver song “Do It For The Kids.” Scott sounded great, although they could have turned up his mic, as the band did drown out his vocals at times. Joey Castillo was a total beast on the drums which was awesome, but at the same time it made Scott’s vocals hard to hear. Tommy Black and Nick Maybury’s playing was spot on. They are both very talented, as is Joey.

I have been a strong supporter of the Wildabouts and was deeply saddened by Jeremy Brown’s tragic passing just the day before their album release. So I made a “RIP Jeremy Brown” poster to hold up in front of the band during the Blaster tunes. At the end of the song “Parachute,” Scott held up my poster to the crowd and said that he was very honored that I made a tribute to his fallen bandmate. I think he also said that song would now be his favorite because of that moment, but I honestly had a hard time hearing some of his comments because of the mic issues.

Towards the end of the show, Scott did make a short statement about the tragedy in Paris and how this situation could happen here in the U.S. at anytime, and that we all need to stand up united together. After the show was over I waited for a little bit, then the sound guy from the band took me backstage to meet Scott.

When I came into the green room, it was just him sitting on a couch. The sound guy said to him, “We only have one meet and greet for you tonight.” Scott looked kind of shocked saying, “Only one.” I went on to shake his hand and explained to him how he has provided the entire soundtrack for my life, and how I have been a life long fan since the release of Core. I then showed him the Jeremy Brown poster that I had made and he told me how he was very appreciative that I would honor his former bandmate and best friend. I told him how my heart really did break for him and the band because I knew that he said that he loved Jeremy as a brother, and how he was so instrumental to the making of Blaster. He went on to tell me how that him, Tommy, and Jeremy have always been the three closest friends since the beginning of this band and he even commented that they were the three musket-queers (his words, not mine). He then signed my Jeremy Brown poster and a copy of my Blaster CD.

I then sat with him in the back room for about 20 minutes. His sound guy was wearing a Star Wars hat which led us into a cool conversation about the new Star Wars movie about to come out, The Force Awakens. His sound guy mentioned that there is a rumor that Luke Skywalker is the new Sith lord in a mask, Kylo Ren. Scott was totally not having it. It was really funny, he kept saying: “No, there is no way that Luke could turn to the dark side. I won’t believe it!” His sound guy was pretty adamant that it could be a possibility. Then I said, “Well they did call Luke a new hope.” Fortunately, Scott liked my answer and was on my side on the matter. We’ll find out in about a month who was right.

I asked Scott how he and Tommy liked the new James Bond movie Spectre, as I saw Tommy and Scott posted on Facebook that they saw the new movie together last week. He said, “It totally kicked ass”. I then told Scott how I was totally loving his newly released song, “Back to the City.” He said, “Yeah, that one really rocks.” I then asked him if that was recorded during the Blaster sessions or afterwards. He said that it was afterwards, and that it was the last song that he was able to record with his late guitarist, Jeremy Brown.

A few of the opening bands then came backstage and was wanting some face time with Scott. It was easy to tell that he was getting agitated with all these people were barging in the room. Scott then shook my hand again, and was off to his bus. I am very grateful to how nice Scott was with me when I met him. I will admit that Scott appears very tired. It may do Scott some good to postpone touring to rest and possibly record some new material with the Wildabouts. My fear is that the audience for Scott and the Wildabouts are dwindling, which could motivate Scott to other avenues such as wanting to get back with his former STP bandmates. Either way, I have been a lifelong fan of his career, and I just to wish him and his bandmates the best.

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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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