Eagles Of Death Metal performing in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band’s Paris concert ended in a terrorist attack. Credit: rtnswchegler/mediapunch/IPX
The Eagles Of Death Metal are climbing the charts amid an online campaign by fans to pay tribute to the lives lost in the tragic Paris terrorist attacks. So far more than 9,000 users have signed up to the campaign’s Facebook FB +0.95% page supporting the band’s Duran Duran cover, “Save A Prayer.” The page also pays tribute to both the rock group and those who died.
The track is already at the top of the Amazon rock charts and iTunes rock chart.
Another sighting of the campaign’s impact comes with today’s Official Chart Update from the U.K. The song is at Number 96, and should climb as more data arrives in from chart-reporting retailers and streaming services throughout the week.
Amid the attacks in which 129 people died and 352 were injured, the act was performing at music venue Le Bataclan. Terrorists fired randomly, killing more than 80 people in the crowd. The musicians escaped and so survived the shootings and explosions inside the hall.
A post on the Facebook page says of the group: “We thought it would be a nice gesture to put their brilliant version of ‘Save a Prayer’ to the U.K. No.1 spot as a show of support to the band and all of those affected.
“For the record, no we aren’t associated with the band or their record company, we’re just fans of them that feel happy to be alive, as some of our fellow EODM fans are tragically not now…Royalties we assume would go to Duran Duran as they wrote the song but that’s not the point of this campaign. This is not for profit or financial gain, just to make a strong statement.”
The Eagles of Death Metal play music that mixes blues with garage rock; the name is misleading, coined by founder Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. Because of his other band commitments, he now rarely performs at EODM live shows.
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