Following the horrific attacks in Paris, the music world has reacted in different ways. Bono of U2 and Madonna both delivered powerful speeches on the matter, Chino Moreno of Deftones — who was in the crowd at Le Bataclan music venue — penned a heartfelt statement, and the recently reclusive Frank Ocean fought back against trolls. Some stars like Justin Bieber opened their shows with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives.
Eagles of Death Metal, the band who was performing that evening and who tragically lost a member of their crew, have been mostly mum other than releasing a statement on their Facebook thanking those who thought of them. And understandably so — this act of violence at a concert is unprecedented. But, with that in mind, a few fans of the band wanted to show them that they are here for them and support them by sending the relatively indie band to the top of the charts.
EODM For No. 1 is a social media initiative started by fans to, well, get Eagles of Death Metal to number one in the UK to show the band love and support. Similar to other social media pushes like Rage Against the Machine getting a Christmas No. 1 in the UK in 2009, the idea is to purchase a copy of Eagles of Death Metal’s “Save a Prayer” from their recent album Zipper Down before Thursday, November 19 at midnight to get them to number one.
The guys who started the campaign say it’s not about money, but rather it’s a “statement of peace, love, and support.”
“[We’re] a few fans of EoDM and rock music from Essex & Hertfordshire that are regular gig-goers who could’ve all easily been at the Bataclan that evening and thought this might be a nice idea.”
While it’s unimaginable to ponder what the members of Eagles of Death Metal must be feeling following something so tragic, an outpouring of fan support may make them feel at least a little better. And if you’d like to help the citizens of Paris, you can donate to the French Red Cross or French Doctors Without Borders.