Music world stops as Eagles of Death Metal crew member among 129 killed in Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks Friday in Paris that has killed at least 129 and injured more than 350 hit the music world hard as well. The band Eagles of Death Metal, which was performing at the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday night, was onstage when shots rang out. People in the concert hall were held hostage by the gunmen, according to police. When the siege was over, at least 87 lay dead.

Early reports on social media contradicted whether band members had escaped the attack uninjured. Hours after the massacre ended, the band was reported safe.

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But it was reported Saturday that a member of the EDM crew, merch manager Nick Alexander, 36, was killed in the attack at the Bataclan.

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According to a story by the Telegraph, a former girlfriend of Alexander, Helen Jane Wilson, was with Alexander during the shooting, and was injured in both legs. She attempted mouth to mouth resuscitation on Alexander.

“I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life,” said Wilson. For more on those details, read the Telegraph’s story.

Polina Buckley, Alexander’s girlfriend, posted this on Saturday:

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Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour and are heading back to the U.S. The Deftones, which also had shows scheduled at the Bataclan, are also heading back to the States.

As news of the attack spread around the world, other bands have scrapped European tour dates.

Foo Fighters, who have played with Eagles of Death Metal in the past, released a statement after canceling their shows:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” Foo Fighters wrote in a statement. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

U2 was scheduled to film a live concert in Paris for an HBO Special on Saturday, but canceled that as well as a Sunday show. According to a statement Friday on their website:

“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.”
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
British duo Ultimate Painting was also scheduled to play a set at La Maroquinerie in Paris, but canceled their show.
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Coldplay was scheduled to livestream their show in Los Angeles on Friday, but scrapped those plans. Instead, the band held a moment of silence before playing an acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Coldplay did play a short set for fans who were already heading to the show at the Belasco Theatre.

“Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.”

France is in the midst of three days of mourning. Check back for more details and updates.

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