UK fans try to push Ea­gles of Death Metal to No 1

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Bri­tish fans of the US rock band Ea­gles of Death Metal, which was play­ing at a Paris con­cert hall tar­geted in Fri­day’s at­tacks, have started a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to push one of its songs to num­ber 1. “Get Ea­gles Of Death Metal to the No.1 this week as a state­ment of sup­port and peace,” read the de­scrip­tion of the cam­paign @EODM­forNo1 on Twit­ter yes­ter­day. A Face­book page call­ing on supporters to down­load the song “Save a Prayer”, a cover of Du­ran Du­ran’s hit sin­gle of the same name, had more than 6,500 “likes”.

Cam­paign or­ga­niz­ers said that the down­loads would be “a nice ges­ture” and stressed they were not rep­re­sent­ing the band, who es­caped un­harmed, and their ini­tia­tive was not be­ing done for profit. The song is at num­ber 96 in Bri­tain’s charts and climb­ing, with a new rank­ing set to be re­leased later yes­ter­day ahead of the of­fi­cial rank­ing on Fri­day. The cam­paign “has started gath­er­ing mo­men­tum,” the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany said in a state­ment. The song is al­ready at num­ber three on the Ama­zon UK sin­gles chart and num­ber 1 on the iTunes rock chart. It was at num­ber 35 on the main iTunes chart.

Gun­men at­tacked an Ea­gles of Death Metal gig at the Bat­a­clan in Paris on Fri­day, gun­ning down fans and blow­ing them­selves up as po­lice stormed the build­ing. The at­tack claimed 89 lives-by far the worst loss of life of the night. The band, which was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, Cal­i­for­nia, was cel­e­brat­ing the Oc­to­ber release of their al­bum “Zip­per Down” with a Euro­pean tour. The band’s pre­vi­ous high­est UK sin­gle’s chart po­si­tion was num­ber 73 with 2006 record “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)”. The video fea­tured Josh Homme-front­man of Queens of the Stone Age-along with for­mer Nir­vana drum­mer Dave Grohl and Hol­ly­wood comic ac­tor Jack Black, all of whom have made live cameos with the band. Mes­sages about the cam­paign were be­ing retweeted on the of­fi­cial ac­count of the Bri­tish band Du­ran Du­ran. It was un­clear who would re­ceive the roy­al­ties from the in­creased sales of the sin­gle. —

US rock band Ea­gles of Death

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