Eagles of Death Metal is a band known for its mix of wit and riffs.
Now, the band will be forever associated with a devastating series of attacks in Paris.
The California-based band, led by Jesse Hughes, was performing at the Bataclan, a theater located in eastern Paris, last Friday night, when one of the attacks occurred.
People inside the theater were taken hostage. It was unclear how many people were inside the theater. Nearly 90 people were killed at the theater.
By Monday, it was widely reported that nearly 130 people were killed and another 350 were injured across six areas where violence took place.
Though all the members of Eagles of Death Metal were safe and accounted for, the band’s merch manager, Nick Alexander, was killed. Alexander was one of the first victims of the Paris attacks to be identified. The 36-year-old had previously worked with bands such as the Black Keys and Fall Out Boy.
Josh Homme, one of the founders of Eagles of Death Metal and the leader of another popular group, Queens of the Stone Age, was not performing in Paris at the time.
The band formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California, and was celebrating the October release of “Zipper Down” with a European tour. It’s their first album in seven years. The album features a cover of the Duran Duran song “Save a Prayer.”
In the wake of the tragedy, Facebook and Twitter pages called “Eagles of Death Metal for No. 1” are urging fans to purchase or stream the song to get song to the top of the charts. Members of the band are not involved.
According to the page, the idea is “a statement of peace, love, and support, that’s all,” the page sponsors wrote.
As of Monday morning, “Save a Prayer” was No. 1 on the iTunes rock chart.
Since the attacks, Eagles of Death Metal has canceled its European dates.
Deftones, a hard rock band out of Sacramento, California, was scheduled to perform at Bataclan but has canceled the run as well as its remaining European tour dates after the attacks. The bands U2 and Foo Fighters also have canceled European shows.