Band that survived deadly Paris attacks is coming to NZ

The Eagles of Death Metal will peform one show in Auckland on March 22. Photo/Getty
The Eagles of Death Metal will peform one show in Auckland on March 22. Photo/Getty

Rock act Eagles of Death Metal lost 89 fans when terrorists opened fire during a concert in Paris in November.

But that hasn't stopped them from touring: they're on their way to New Zealand.

The Californian act, fronted by Jesse Hughes, will perform at Auckland's Powerstation on March 22, their first show here since playing at the St James in 2007.

It's also their first tour since the Le Bataclan attacks. The band's members survived, but merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was among those killed.

In an interview with Vice, Hughes told how terrorists slaughtered fans hiding in the band's dressing room after striking at their concert.

Just one person in the room survived, by hiding under the vocalist's leather jacket.

Eighty-nine of the Paris attacks' 130 deaths were at the band's gig on November 13, where Islamist gunmen struck, firing indiscriminately at the crowd. More than 100 more were injured in the venue.

In the video, a clearly emotional Hughes described the carnage.

"Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.

"People were playing dead and they were so scared - a great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."

The group requested other bands cover their song I Love You All The Time, with proceeds going towards the victims of the attacks.

The Eagles will be here in support of their fourth album, Zipper Down, released to positive reviews late last year.

This show comes with a warning: Homme, the Queens of the Stone Age frontman who's also a member of Them Crooked Vultures and recently collaborated with Iggy Pop, won't be playing with the Eagles when they come to town.

Homme co-founded the band with Hughes and regularly features on Eagles' albums, but is an infrequent touring companion.

Nonetheless, the group are known for their bruising rock 'n' roll shows, and they're promising to deliver when they play Auckland.

The Herald described their 2007 show at the time as "genius, hilarious and brilliant".

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Monday.

- TimeOut

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