Eagles of Death Metal
I Love You All The Time – Live at The Olympia In Paris
(Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Midway through the Eagles of Death Metal set on 13th November, 2015, 3 armed attackers stormed the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, callously and savagely murdering 89 people. 3 months on from that tragedy and EODM have returned – perhaps more resilient and fearless than ever. As the band take to the stage at the sold out Olympia Hall, Jesse Hughes emerges fully robed and spends a few moments saluting and pacing the stage.
The band begins with, ‘I only want you’ and every beat and chord is delivered with added venom. It’s clear straight off the bat that these guys would rather be nowhere else in the world right now. Following a brief moment of silence, Hughes declares, “I love you motherf**kers so much you have no f**king idea”, his words poignant and warmly applauded by the crowd. Hughes blows kisses and lovingly embraces the room, moving around the stage like a man possessed. Julian Dorio steps up to the drum stool for, ‘Whorehoppin (Shit, Goddamn)’, briefly taking over from band co-founder Josh Homme, before both teaming up for a stage shaking performance of, ‘Cherry Cola’.
The crowd remain in fine form throughout the set, often spontaneously erupting into chants and cheers, as the band can only stand and look on. During, ‘I got a feelin’ (Just Nineteen)’, Hughes casually smashes his guitar against the stage, tossing the splintered remains into the crowd, “That guitar was f**king with me and my people”, he remarks. At no point does the show become low-spirited or detached, instead the perpetrators are shown no glimpse of surrender from the band nor the audience.
As the set draws to an end, things become more relaxed and it feels like everyone’s having fun. With energy levels ascending, the bands humorous nature emerges with a reworded rendition of the Stealers Wheel classic, ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’. Later, Dorio hilariously kicks back and flicks through a magazine whilst the rest of the band performs, ‘Miss Alissa’. The set finishes with the awesome, ‘Speaking in tounges’, which sees Hughes briefly exit the stage and reappear on a balcony, before indulging in an impromptu guitar duel with band guitarist, Dave Catching.
As the EODM hug it out and take their final bows at the front of the stage, it’s impossible not to remember the tragic events of November 13th. But one thing is for sure and that’s Rock n Roll stood tall tonight and unified those who love it the most.