Eagles of Death Metal defy Paris terror: 'Love overshadows evil'

Musician Jesse Hughes, left, performs with Josh Homme of the band Eagles of Death Metal.

(CNN)Eagles of Death Metal have posted a new statement on their Facebook page, mourning the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris.

The band, who were performing in the Bataclan concert hall when gunmen stormed in, killing at least 89 people, said they are grieving for lost colleagues.
"While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France," the band wrote.
Nick Alexander
"Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones."
Nick Alexander, 36, was the merchandising manager for the band's European tour. He had also worked with rock bands Sum 41, The Black Keys and Alice in Chains, who paid tribute on Facebook to "a great guy and true professional." A fundraising campaign set up by friends to support Alexander's family has so far raised over $87,000.
Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez worked at Universal Music France, the band's label. Justin Bieber paid tribute to Ayad, who worked on his team. "I wish I would've had more time to thank him," the star wrote on Twitter. "You are appreciated and missed."

'Love overshadows evil'

The band's emotional post continued: "Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
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"We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil."
The band said that all remaining shows are suspended until further notice, before signing off, "Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM".
Fans of the U.S. band on social media are pushing to get the group's cover of Duran Duran, "Save a Prayer," to No. 1.