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Two members of the US rock band Eagles of Death Metal played a surprise concert in Paris on Monday to mark the second anniversary of the venue attack that left 90 dead.

Singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching played in Paris’ 11th district at an event organised by survivors of the Bataclan attack, in which 90 people died after three gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State armed group (IS) stormed the concert hall and opened fire.


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The pair sang two of the group’s songs, including “Save a Prayer”, the last song the band played the night of 13 November 2015 before the attack began. The duo then threw white roses to the crowd.

An emotional Hughes told reporters after the show he was feeling “a million different emotions, but all of them good.”

“This is just a testament to the resolve of a community that is determined not to let the bad guys win,” he said, adding that he felt “surrounded by love”.

The lead singer then joked, “we got to sing two songs terribly and people still liked us. I don’t think it gets any better than that.”

Hughes also met French President Emmanuel Macron at the Bataclan commemoration. The two men had an emotional meeting there.   Read more