Thursday, December 3, 2015

U2 bought Eagles Of Death Metal phones and offered them their private jet

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour Opener - Vancouver Kevin Mazur/WireImage
U2 were due to perform in Paris (Picture: WireIma

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Danny Payne/REX Shutterstock (5333724q) Eagles Of Death Metal Eagles of Death Metal in concert at Leeds Beckett SU, Britain - 31 Oct 2015
Eagles Of Death Metal, led by Jesse Hughes,
were playing at the Bataclan when gunmen hijacked the venue
(Picture: Rex Shuttertock)

U2 offered Eagles Of Death Metal the use of their phones and planes after the Paris attacks.

The band say they bought phones for EODM after their mobiles were left inside the Bataclan in Paris.

Eagles Of Death Metal were playing the Bataclan Theatre last month when terrorists hijacked the venue and killed 89 people.

U2 were due to play two shows in the city, but the series of attacks, in which 130 people died in total, forced them to cancel.

Hearing EODM were also in Paris, Bono reached out the group.

Bono told the New York Times: ‘We left the next evening – we had a plane, which we put at the Eagles’ use if they wanted it, but they found another way.

‘The best thing we could do for our fellow musicians was to buy them phones.’

He added that the band should seek ‘proper counselling’ to come to terms with the horrors they witnessed.

‘Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things. They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad.’

The frontman has previously described the attacks as ‘the first direct hit on music‘ after the Irish group axed their concerts.

He said in a radio interview: ‘These are our people. This could be at a show, you at a show, in that venue. It’s a very recognisable 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.’

Meanwhile an online campaign has been launched to get EODM’s cover of Duran Duran’s Save A Prayer to number 1 in the charts.

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