It has been confirmed that Nick Alexander, who worked Eagles of Death Metal’s merchandise table during the band’s European tour, was killed during the terror attack at the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday. He was 36.
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night. Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle; he was everyone’s best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal,” Alexander’s family say. “Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.”
Alexander was previously merch manager on multiple tours with Alice In Chains, Sum 41, Panic! at the Disco and The Black Keys.
“I spent a lot of time with Nick, but the thing about the touring merch job, it’s one of the more thankless jobs,” Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone. “You do it because you just want to travel and you’re interested in meeting new people and it’s really hard work. It’s not the job you take if you’re into partying. So he was a really organized, super hard worker, really funny. I remember him always very content with being on tour. It was what seems to make him the happiest. After shows, when everyone would go wild or whatever, he would also be really reserved. He was just a sweetheart, that guy.
“I remember he looked more like a rock star than anyone else on the tour, in the best possible sense,” Carney adds. “He never complained. He was more interested in touring than anybody else that was on tour at any given point.”
The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach tells Rolling Stone of Alexander, “We’d been working with him for years. He was just a familiar face. He was part of our family basically, one of those guys we’d see every time we come over here for these big European experiences we’d been having for 10-plus years. He was always there, really nice guy, always with his mod haircut and his big smile … He was just a really nice guy. Always. Just loved rock and roll. He was just an absolute rock and roll guy. Lived for it.”
Alice in Chains write in a Facebook post, “Our former merch vender Nick Alexander has been confirmed as one of the victims of the senseless violence in Paris yesterday. Nick was a great guy and a true professional. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with him. Please keep Nick and his family in your thoughts, along with all of the other victims of yesterday’s brutality. Life is short. Be good to each other…”
Friends of Alexander have set up a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/y7aaknp8) for Alexander’s memorial fund.