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Eagles Of Death Metal Band Members Release Statement Saying They Are "Home Safe"

The American band was playing at the Bataclan theater Friday evening when gunmen stormed in and opened fire, killing scores. Members issued a statement Wednesday saying they were home safely and thanking officials.

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The Eagles of Death Metal issued a statement Wednesday saying they were "home safe."

The statement goes on to thank "all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal."

While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with out brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Peres, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM show are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberte, vive la France, and vive EODM.

The American rock band was playing at the Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday night when gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives on the crowd, killing 89 people.

About an hour into the sold out show Friday night a group of gunmen who police said were armed with assault rifles and wearing explosives stormed the concert hall and shot into the crowd.

"They shot right into the crowd, shouting Allahu Akba [God is great]" one person who escaped the concert told AFP. Another person who fled the venue said they heard someone say, "This is for Syria."

After the bloody attack, representatives for the Eagles of Death Metal posted on Facebook they were "still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew."

"Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation," the band's management said.

The usual drummer of the band, Josh Homme, who is also in the band Queens of the Stone Age, was not with the band during the performance; Julian Dorio of the band The Whigs was substituting for him on the current tour.

Friends of Dorio who wished to remain unnamed told BuzzFeed News that he contacted them to say he was safe.

Dorio said just after the band began to play men armed with AK-47s came into the concert hall and began shooting everyone, his friends said.

He said the band managed to flee.

The Eagles of Death Metal were formed by Homme and musician Jesse Hughes in 1998.

CORRECTION

Josh Homme is one of the founders of the band. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated his first name.

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