Eagles of Death Metal vocalist Jesse Hughes has detailed the help that U2 frontman Bono provided following the attacks in November at the EODM show in Paris.
“Bono knows that I’m a Christian and he also knows I’m a mama’s boy,” Hughes tells Rolling Stone. “The very next day [after the attack], a courier came with a phone that had a note that said, ‘This is from Bono. Make sure you call your mom.’ I thought that was awesome. It was the first time that I really got to talk to my mom without being in a police station and that meant the whole world to me at that moment.”
Hughes continues, “Bono called because I needed advice. I felt like the best person to ask for advice on how to deal with this is someone who’s rubbed elbows with world leaders. And he just prayed with me on the phone. He kept my head off of things and then U2 visited the memorial site and delivered lyrics of ours that he thought were appropriate. And that particularly was important to me because I really wanted to be out there. I didn’t want to be in some safe house. I take personal pride in being really close to my fans. I knew a lot of the people personally that didn’t make it and that little detail, just on a personal note, is something that nobody else would ever know that it mattered, but it mattered to me. I didn’t know how I was ever going to get back onstage again.”