"Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)" Chronicles the Band's Resilence in the Wake of the Paris Terror Attack

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10 February 2017
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Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis
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"Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)"
Premieres Monday, February 13 at 10:05 PM ET/PT on HBO
 
            The Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city – 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert.
        
          Debuting MONDAY, FEB. 13 (10:05-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), the HBO Documentary Films presentation "EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS) ” is a portrait of resilience in the face of unspeakable horror and a life-affirming coda to the events of Nov. 13. Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme’s close friendship, coupled with a profound sense of responsibility to help the Bataclan survivors cope with their physical and emotional wounds, inspired the American rock band to return to Paris, first to perform with U2 at a rescheduled concert three weeks after the attacks, and later, to finish its own Paris show at the Olympia concert hall.

            The documentary profiles the intense relationship between Hughes and Homme, which began in childhood and has always been an inspiration for the band. After detailing the origins of their friendship in Palm Springs, Cal. and the genesis of the band, Hughes, Homme and fellow band members Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins and Julian Dorio provide harrowing first-person details about that day in Paris, when they desperately tried to save their lives, while Homme (who had stayed behind in the States) received shocking reports back home.

 

            Eagles of Death Metal returned to the U.S. after the attacks, but it soon became clear to Hughes and the rest of the band that they must come back to Paris, not just for their own state of mind, but for “Nos Amis” – their fans and fellow Bataclan survivors.

            U2 had rescheduled their canceled HBO concert in Paris from Nov. 14 to Dec. 7 and invited Eagles of Death Metal to perform with them in an act of solidarity. At the arena, Hughes and the others were met by a thunderous ovation as Bono proclaimed, “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”

            Following the U2 concert, Hughes knew that to complete the healing process, Eagles of Death Metal needed to return to Paris to perform their own show. On Feb. 16, 2016, joined this time by Homme, the band performed its “Nos Amis” tour set at the Olympia concert hall for a packed audience, many of whom had been at the Bataclan.

            EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS) also includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack, extensive behind-the-scenes footage of the band and interviews with Bono and The Edge of U2.
           
 

 


 
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