Eagles of Death Metal release statement after deadly Paris attacks
Eagles of Death Metal — the band that was performing at the Bataclan in Paris Friday during the terrorist attack — have finally released a collective statement. All the musicians are safe, but they did lose close friends in the massacre, including their merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. 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. 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. 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 stated that all their concerts are on hold until further notice.
Martin Lawrence adds second Detroit show
Actor and comedian Martin Lawrence has added a second show this winter at the Fox Theatre. In addition to his Jan. 8 show, he’ll also perform Jan. 9 as part of his “Doin’ Time Comedy Tour.” Tickets for the second show start at $45 and are on sale now. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Visit OlympiaEntertainment.com or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 to get tickets.
Bob Seger chats with Billboard about politics, Detroit
On the eve of receiving The Billboard Touring Conference’s “Legend of Live” award (that happens Thursday in New York), Bob Seger told the industry trade that he’s got an album of unreleased treasures, and a tour of “bucket list” venues he wants to play, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, in 2016. He even talked presidential politics, a bit. The title for that long-promised album of unreleased gems from the vast Seger unreleased catalog will be “I Knew You When,” he said. On politics, Seger, 70, said he’s “right down the middle,” although Democrat Hillary Clinton is his favorite. “I really like a lot of the stuff Bernie Sanders says,” Seger said of the avowed “Democratic socialist.” “I hope maybe he’ll be her vice president. There are a lot of things on the Republican side, like climate (change) denial, that I’m not big on.” But Seger also gave kudos to Republican Jeb Bush, who he thinks would be “a pretty good president.” Asked the outdated, cliche question, “what would you to do ‘fix’ Detroit?” the native son retorted that there was a “terrible misperception” about Detroit, that things were actually so bustling that his daughter’s boyfriend couldn’t find a place downtown, “they’re all gone. All the young people are moving in. It’s quite a renaissance story.”
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