The November 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city – 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert.
Debuting Monday, February 13th from 10:05-11:30 pm ET/PT, the HBO Documentary Films presentation Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) spotlights the American rock band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events. The film explores the deep bonds between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (also a member of Queens of the Stone Age), as well as the intense connection the band has always had with its devoted fans, which moved them to return to Paris to perform once again in February 2016.
The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
Directed by Colin Hanks and produced by Live Nation Productions and Company Name, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) is a portrait of resilience in the face of unspeakable horror and a life-affirming coda to the events of November 13th.
Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme’s close friendship, coupled with a profound sense of responsibility to help the Bataclan survivors cope with their physical and emotional wounds, inspired the band to return to Paris, first to perform with U2 at a rescheduled concert three weeks after the attacks, and later, to finish its own Paris show at the Olympia concert hall.
The documentary profiles the intense relationship between Hughes and Homme, which began in childhood and has always been an inspiration for the band. After detailing the origins of their friendship in Palm Springs, Cal. and the genesis of the band, Hughes, Homme and fellow band members Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins and Julian Dorio provide harrowing first-person details about that day in Paris, when they desperately tried to save their lives, while Homme (who had stayed behind in the States) received shocking reports back home.
Eagles of Death Metal returned to the U.S. after the attacks, but it soon became clear to Hughes and the rest of the band that they must come back to Paris, not just for their own state of mind, but for “Nos Amis” – their fans and fellow Bataclan survivors.
“They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”
U2 had rescheduled their canceled HBO concert in Paris from November 14th to December 7th and invited Eagles of Death Metal to perform with them in an act of solidarity. At the arena, Hughes and the others were met by a thunderous ovation as Bono proclaimed, “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”
Following the U2 concert, Hughes knew that to complete the healing process, Eagles of Death Metal needed to return to Paris to perform their own show. On February 16, 2016, joined this time by Homme, the band performed its “Nos Amis” tour set at the Olympia concert hall for a packed audience, many of whom had been at the Bataclan.
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) also includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack, extensive behind-the-scenes footage of the band and interviews with Bono and The Edge of U2.
Colin Hanks’ relationship with Eagles of Death Metal pre-dates the film by seven years. He had been working closely with the band on the launch of his first documentary, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, just weeks before the attack in Paris. Hanks felt compelled to document the band and their fans to try and make something positive from something truly unfathomable.
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) marks the first film produced and financed by Live Nation Productions.
HBO Documentary Films presents Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends); directed by Colin Hanks; produced by Sean Stuart through Company Name; produced by Heather Parry; executive produced by Michael Rapino through Live Nation Productions; edited by Darrin Roberts; cinematography by Boyd Hobbs; original music by Alain Johannes.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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