Eagles Of Death Metal have already revealed how chaotic and confusing things were following the Paris terror attacks, but it appears that U2 frontman Bono helped keep things from getting even more hectic.
Following the attack on EODM’s concert at the Bataclan in which 89 people were killed, Bono offered the band use of a private plane and bought all of the members new cell phones, as theirs had been left behind in the venue. In an interview with the New York Times, Bono revealed how he helped the band in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
“We had a plane, which we put at the Eagles’ use if they wanted it, but they found another way. The best thing we could do for our fellow musicians was to buy them phones… I spoke to Julian [Dorio] and to Jesse [Hughes]. But that was the best thing, Jesse said, just getting the phones to be texting and all the stuff that you do — social media — to find out what’s going on. Their phones were in the venue.”
Bono said he spoke to the band and believes they will need other help to get on with their lives following the attacks.
“Jesse took me through every moment. They really need proper counseling, though — not from a well-meaning Irish rock star. Because post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue for people who go through these things. They’re going to come through fine, but it was pretty bad.”
U2 was forced to cancel their Paris shows in the wake of the attacks, a decision Bono says the band wanted to fight against (“I suppose the Irish in us just doesn’t want to give in to terrorism. We’ve had it all our lives”). Instead the band is closing out their tour with two shows in Paris on Dec. 6 and 7.
Check out the rest of his interivew over at the New York Times.