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Video: Eagles of Death Metal open Paris show with tribute

© Charlotte Boitiaux, FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-02-19

US rock band the Eagles of Death Metal held a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris before their concert in the French capital this week.

The band took to a French stage for the first time since the attacks to the 1968 hit “Il est 5 heures, Paris s'éveille” (It’s 5am, Paris wakes up) and a rousing standing ovation from fans at the Olympia concert hall on Tuesday night.

After thanking the audience, lead singer Jesse Hughes energetically plunged into the band's first song, "I only want you". But near the end, he interrupted the show to lead the band and concertgoers – which included hundreds of survivors of November 13  – in a moment of silence.

“Eighty-nine seconds of silence please. Let’s take a moment to remember, then we get back to the fun”, Hughes said in reference to the 89 people killed in the attack perpetrated by Islamic State group-linked gunmen.

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Date created : 2016-02-19

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