Bataclan massacre second anniversary marked by Eagles of Death Metal surprise Paris gig after ISIS murdered 80 fans at their concert

EAGLES of Death Metal gave a surprise performance in Paris today to mark two years since ISIS stormed the group's concert and killed 80 fans.

Two members of the Californian rock band – singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching – performed a memorial ceremony in the French capital organised by survivors of the Bataclan massacre.

Visibly moved, the pair sang two songs before handing white roses to the crowd gathered outside the town hall of the 11th district, a short walk from the concert hall where French President Emmanuel Macron had led a ceremony to remember the victims.

A highly emotional Hughes threw kisses to the crowd before launching into Save a Prayer – the last song the band finished before the shooting started.

Addressing the crowd, Hughes said: "I'm so happy and pleased to see all of you. The only reason we're still standing is because you all still love rock and roll."

He also sang "I Love You All the Time" before he hugged band members and others at the memorial.

Hughes later told reporters: "It is difficult to not to remember the people who were taken from us like our friend Nick Alexander (the band's merchandise manager) and so many others.

"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."

The flamboyant singer was turned away from the Bataclan when it reopened last year for suggesting that the security guards were in on the attack.

His provocative remarks, which he later apologised for, led to two leading French festivals cancelling appearances by the band in the summer of 2016.

Meanwhile, families of the victims stood by French president Emmanuel Macron as multicoloured balloons took to sunny skies above in honour of the 130 victims killed two years ago when terrorists attacked the capital.

Outside the Stade de France national stadium, Macron and the mayor of the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis placed a wreath of red, white and blue flowers to honour the Portuguese immigrant killed by a suicide bomber, the first victim of the night's violence.

The commemorations continued at Paris cafes, where city officials read out the names of the 29 people gunned down while dining, drinking and enjoying the balmy night.


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