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Musicians share songs and reflections for victims of Paris attacks

Responses from artists all over the world are reverberating out in songs and tributes.

- Nov 16, 2015

This past Friday, 129 people were killed in a wave of violence and terror that erupted across Paris that included a deadly hostage situation at Le Bataclan, where an Eagles of Death Metal concert was taking place.

For many people in music communities all over the world, this one hit close to home. How many times have you spent a night at a concert venue without a second thought? How often have you gone to a show to escape, to join a crowd of people united in a shared interest without fear or anxiety or terror?

Reactions are pouring in from musicians all over the world, who took to social media, SoundCloud and the stage to share their reactions to the Paris attacks. Many artists have also shared tributes to Nick Alexander, the merch manager for Eagles of Death Metal who was killed during the attacks. He was clearly an unsung hero of the music community.

We've compiled some of those reflections below.


Madonna: Like A Prayer - For PARIS...Stockholm Show

Cat Power


"Really our first thoughts at this point are with the Eagles Of Death Metal fans, and if you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans," Bono told RTÉ 2FM. "This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so called war on terror. It’s very upsetting. These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me, and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing, and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.” “We didn’t call it off. It was cancelled, honest, and I understand perfectly why,” Bono said. “I think music is very important. I think U2 has a role to play, and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play. And that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda, they will not organize our lives for us." "I remember U2 was the first big act back into New York after 9/11. We played Madison Square Garden, and the feeling of Madison Square Garden was just unbelievable, and the feeling was just this is who we are, you can’t change us. You’re not gonna turn us into haters or you’re not gonna turn us around in the way we go about our lives. That was the feeling of Madison Square Garden back then, and I hope that will be the feeling at Bercy when we get back there.”

Thundercat, "Paris"

Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), "NO Colonial Fiction"

Frank Ocean

Christine and the Queens

(The French singer says she plans to start a temporary free radio stream with guest artists as hosts.)

The Joy Formidable

No Joy


Beirut (at a Toronto show Friday night)

Artists remember Nick Alexander, merch manager for Eagles of Death Metal


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Black Keys:

"I spent a lot of time with Nick, but the thing about the touring merch job, it’s one of the more thankless jobs," drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone. "You do it because you just want to travel and you're interested in meeting new people and it's really hard work. It's not the job you take if you’re into partying. So he was a really organized, super hard worker, really funny. I remember him always very content with being on tour. It was what seems to make him the happiest. After shows, when everyone would go wild or whatever, he would also be really reserved. He was just a sweetheart, that guy.

"It's unfathomable. Every time I go to a football game, you're on high alert because you're around 60,000 people or something. It's in the back of your mind. But if you're going to see your friends' band play to a thousand usually super-liberal, open-minded people at a theater, it's the last thing you think could happen."

Auerbach tells Rolling Stone of Alexander, "We'd been working with him for years. He was just a familiar face. He was part of our family basically, one of those guys we'd see every time we come over here for these big European experiences we'd been having for 10-plus years.  He was always there, really nice guy, always with his mod haircut and his big smile ... He was just a really nice guy. Always. Just loved rock and roll. He was just an absolute rock and roll guy. Lived for it."

Fall Out Boy:

Alice In Chains:

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Posted by Alice in Chains on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Smashing Pumpkins:

Yusuf / Cat Stevens:

Billy Talent:

We have some horrible news. Our friend Nick Alexander was killed in the attacks yesterday at the Bataclan in Paris. We...

Posted by Billy Talent on Saturday, November 14, 2015

You can donate here to the Nick Alexander Memorial Fund.
You can donate here to Red Cross.

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