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Eagles of Death Metal Band Returns to Scene of Paris Terror Assault

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U2 frontman Bono, third from left, and Jesse Hughes, fourth from left, of the Eagles of Death Metal perform with their bands at the packed 16,000-seat AccorHotels Arena in Paris, Dec. 7, 2015.

U2 frontman Bono, third from left, and Jesse Hughes, fourth from left, of the Eagles of Death Metal perform with their bands at the packed 16,000-seat AccorHotels Arena in Paris, Dec. 7, 2015.

U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal returned Tuesday to the Bataclan concert hall in Paris nearly a month after surviving a terrorist assault that killed at least 89 people there.

Band members laid flowers outside the facility, which has been closed since terrorists attacked the audience during one of their performances. It was the deadlest incident of the November 13 coordinated attacks across the French capital in which 130 people were killed.

The band's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was among those killed but the musicians made it out safely.

Late Monday, members of the band joined U2 on stage during the Irish rock band's concert at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

"Nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will be forever part of Paris. These are our brothers; they were robbed of their stage three weeks ago," U2 frontman Bono said as he introduced Eagles of Death Metal.

The two bands joined together to play the Patti Smith song, "People Have the Power.''

"We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city," Eagles of Death Metal said in a Facebook posting. The band went on to thank "everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil."

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