Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal say they're home safe after the Paris attacks and "are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France."
The California-based band had been on stage at the historic Bataclan theater in central Paris for about an hour when gunmen overtook the venue and opened fire in one of a series of attacks that rocked the French capital Friday and left 129 people dead.
"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 in a message published to its official Facebook page Wednesday.
While all members of the band survived, merchandise manager Nick Alexander was killed in the theater Friday along with friends and business associates of the group.
"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," the Facebook entry continues.
Created by childhood friends Josh Homme, 42, of "Queens of the Stone Age" fame and 43-year-old Jesse Hughes (the only two permanent members of the group), Eagles of Death Metal released a new album last month and was on European tour at the time of the attacks.
In the Facebook post, the band thanked 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."
"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," the Facebook post said. "Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM."
The group said all its shows are on hold until further notice.