The rock band Eagles of Death Metal made a surprise visit to Paris Monday to perform at the Bataclan memorial two years after the terrorist attack at the venue.
The California band performed a small set and honored the survivors and victims who were killed when terrorists armed with rifles and explosives set off a series of attacks in the city and opened fire at concert goers at the concert hall while the band was on stage performing on Nov. 13, 2015. (RELATED: ‘Eagles Of Death Metal’ Singer: Everybody Needs Guns [VIDEO])
According to Euronews, French President Emmanuel Macron and the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo lead the tribute near the venue. They first held a moment of silence, then read the names of the 89 people who were killed. The band’s manager Nick Alexander was among those who lost their lives in the attack that night. In addition, 40 other people were killed at nearby cafes and the sports stadium along with more than 350 people who were wounded in the city-wide attack.
“It is difficult to not to remember the people who were taken from us like our friend Nick Alexander and so many others,” Hughes shared at the memorial, according to another report. “We watched people give their lives for their friends and we were able to bear witness to that, and now we have a burden of responsibility to make certain that everyone knows that kind of love exists in this world.”