Friday the 13th, November 2015, Paris experiences the worst attack on their home soil since World War II. An ISIS terrorist wearing a suicide bomb belt killed himself outside of a stadium hosting the international soccer match between France and Germany. At the same time, gunmen open fire at a popular France restaurant and coordinated attacks occur at five other locations around Paris. The cowardly, deadly attack accounted for 129 deaths already (with hundreds still in critical condition). The highest death toll happened as American rockers, Eagles Of Death Metal, were playing a live set at a sold out arena called Bataclan. Gunmen pulled out machine guns and shot innocent concert fans out for a fun night of rock and roll. Among those killed was Nick Anderson who worked the merchandise table for the band’s European tour. The Black Keys were playing nearby, but thankfully were not targeted by the terrorists. U2 had a major concert scheduled for Saturday night which was going to be featured on HBO, but the band cancelled the event and instead came to the Bataclan to pay tribute those who lost their lives.
“IMAGINE” Piano Version outside of the Bataclan (Paris, France)
Nothing will bring back the lives lost in Paris, but rather than let the pain overwhelm the Parisians, they’re banding together and showing their fight to keep hope alive. Music has the incredible power to heal and immediately after the attack, hundreds of fans outside the soccer stadium show their solidarity by singing in unison the French National anthem, La Marseillaise. Outside of the Bataclan concert hall, a French musician rolled a grand piano out on the street and played John Lennon’s “Imagine” for the crowd. The lights may be turned off the Eiffel Tower but the spirit of French people remains strong. Friends of Nick Alexander started a GoFundMe account for a memorial fund aimed at his family and it raised $25,000 in just a day. The Eagles of Death Metal released this statement, “”Please keep Nick and his family in your thoughts, along with all of the other victims of yesterday’s brutality. Life is short. Be good to each other…”
“FRENCH NATIONAL ANTHEM”
“I WON’T BACK DOWN” (From 9/11 Tribute)