Metallica and Keith Richards Pay Tribute to Record Exec Killed in Paris Attacks
Shockwaves from the recent terrorist attacks in Paris continue to reverberate through the musical community, and the death of one victim, Universal Music exec Thomas Ayad, was recently commemorated by a pair of his better-known clients, Metallica and Keith Richards.
"We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years," reads a post published by Metallica's social media team. "While Thomas had the official title of being our 'project manager,' we knew him as a member of our Metallica family, a fan, a friend ... and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France. Friday we lost Thomas, at the Bataclan theatre, in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times."
Richards added his own thoughts, writing, "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Ayad. Words cannot express the horror of what happened in Paris. I am horrified by the tragic events that took place in Paris last Friday night."
As previously reported, more than 120 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris Nov. 13, with many of the casualties taking place at an Eagles of Death Metal concert concert being held at the Bataclan theater. A number of artists have canceled plans to perform in the city as France remains in a state of emergency, and a series of fundraising efforts are under way to help the victims' families.
Among those trying to raise money are the members of Saxon, who knew Nick Alexander, a crew member killed at the Bataclan. The band has announced a charity T-shirt campaign in Alexander's honor, saying they're "devastated at the loss of such a great guy" and promising that he will be "sorely missed by many friends and colleagues on the road."
All proceeds from sales of the shirt are being donated to a charitable trust under the direction of Alexander's family. For more information or to place an order, visit the band's official site.
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