This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre. As survivors and first responders share full details of the horror that unfolded inside the venue, the music world has spent the week publicly struggling to comprehend how and why this happened — and how to move forward now. Bands also paid tribute to friends they lost in the attack, like British merch guy Nick Alexander, as well as three Universal Records employees. In place of our usual end of week quotes blog, this week, we'll focus on the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Peace. Love. Metal. 

[jump] “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.”
Eagles of Death Metal. (Facebook)

“If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror or whatever it's called. It's very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show. You at a show, in that venue. It's a very recognizable situation for you and for me and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that's what I can't get out of my head.”
Bono. (CNN)

“Some of us were in attendance at Le Bataclan, and the rest of our family, just blocks away on this night. We have been to Paris many, many times, and we’ve had some of the most amazing shows in this tremendously electric city. With this being said, and with our deepest condolences, love and respect to everyone affected, and to all of us who share this planet, we must return home to our loved ones. We will return when appropriate.”
Deftones were due to perform at The Bataclan the night after the massacre. (TeamRock)

“We were playing a club almost the same as the Eagles of Death Metal: a 1,500-seat, 150-year-old theater [three] miles away from them, an American band. It's crazy. They locked down the building… Our tour manager made the decision to get us all out of there, even though the president said that the borders were closed. So at midnight, we made a break for the bus and just hopped on and rolled out of town fairly easily and made it all the way to Milan without any trouble. We saw a lot of police cars and ambulances. There were a lot of people in the street, just looking, looking around. People seemed to be in disbelief.”
Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys/ The Arcs. (Rolling Stone)

“We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had the official title of being our 'project manager,' we knew him as a member of our Metallica family, a fan, a friend … and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France. Friday we lost Thomas, at the Bataclan theatre, in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times.”
Metallica (Facebook)

“Still thinking about Paris and my friend Thomas that we lost in the tragedy. He was a part of my team for years and I wish I would've had more time to thank him.”
Justin Bieber also paid tribute to Thomas Ayad. (Twitter)

“i've been at a loss for words since we all heard the news of the attacks in paris. france has always been a second home to sum 41 and we have always loved the time we've spent there. its heart breaking not being able to see nick alexander again… we have a lot of great memories that we'll cherish forever… our sympathies go out to his family and loved ones as well as everyone effected by the tragedy in paris.”
Deryck WhibleySum 41. (Facebook)

“I know that many, many lives were affected by the tragedies in Paris last night — but Nick Alexander is someone I personally knew and toured with. He added laughs to our bus and worked hard to sell our merch to our fans. I am heartbroken that he innocently lost his life.”
Best Coast. (Facebook)

“Sending good vibes to Paris. A very dear friend plays for Eagles Of Death Metal. I've been pacing around my hotel room. What a terrible day… Unbelievably heartbroken for all the hostages in there now. I'm numb.”
Jared Followill, Kings of Leon. (Twitter)

“Some of the greatest experiences in my life have been at concerts. To think that people will be afraid to go to concerts now is a shame. I hope we don’t let what happened get the better of us.”
Brandon Flowers. (Loaded)

“We love France. We love Paris. MGMT are fortunate enough to have played Le Bataclan four times, including three consecutive nights in the fall of 2010… We make music and play music to help make people happy. It is what every band we’ve ever met wants to do… We all need to figure out how to make happiness win.”
MGMT. (Facebook)

“I’m deeply concerned. I think at this point, It could happen anywhere. I live my life onstage and in venues and these things can happen. And they're being chosen as targets… I’m concerned about this on every level for everybody. It's not just “pray for Paris” — it's ‘pray for the world’.”
Lenny Kravitz. (Rolling Stone)
“Praying for Paris. Our hearts are breaking for and with you.”
Taylor Swift. (Instagram)

“We mourn this tragic loss of life and stand with the world to salute your joie de vivre. Paix.”
AC/DC. (Twitter)

“Paris, we are sending you our love. We are heartbroken.”
Imagine Dragons. (Twitter)

“Thoughts and prayers and love are with people in Paris tonight. Sad and horrifying news. Eternal confusion.”
Ellie Goulding. (Twitter)
“My heart is broken 4 all the families in Paris whose loved ones will never return home”
Alicia Keys. (Twitter)

“We all bleed the same color……We are all ONE???????????????????????? Pray For Peace! In Paris and all around the World”
Madonna. (Instagram

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