The Melbourne rock scene is banding together to raise money for the Eagles Of Death Metal fans who lost their lives in the deadly terror attacks on Paris’s Bataclan theatre.
The city’s rock n’ roll mecca, Cherry Bar, has announced a special charity event in honour of the Paris victims, which will see Melbourne’s finest get together to perform a bunch of EODM classics, as well as song off the band’s new album, Zipper Down.
The benefit concert will take place on the second day of 2016 – January 2nd – which means you should be just recovered enough from your New Years hangover to be primed for round 2.
Entry is $20 and 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.
It should be no surprise that the venue has stepped up to the plate after the tragedy of what befell the band and their fans in Paris. Eagles Of Death Metal have had a special kinship with the bar for many years.
Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes has spent many a night at AC/DC Lane’s iconic rock den and even played an impromptu set during the 2011 instalment of the venue’s annual Cherry Rock festival (speaking of which, the headliner for next year’s event has just been announced – Richie Ramone).
Hughes has even been spotted rocking Cherry Bar merch at an OS music festival.
“It had to be done,” Cherry posted on its official Facebook page. “And it had to be done at Cherry Bar.”
89 people, including EODM’s merch manager Nick Alexander, lost their lives during the pure-fucking-evil shooting massacre at The Bataclan, orchestrated by the #Daeshbags of Islamic State.
Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes have since given an emotional interview about the events, while drummer Julian Dorio has vowed the band will return to The Bataclan as soon as they can to finish the show.
Eagles Of Death Metal have also put a call out to the global music community to cover their song I Love You All The Time, with all royalties to go towards the Paris attack victims.
The official lineup for Cherry Bar’s own charity event is yet to be announced, but stay tuned for more details to come.