Paris Attacks Prompt Memorial Fund for Slain Crew Member Nick Alexander, More Concerts Canceled
As the aftermath of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris unfolds, artists continue to cancel and postpone concert plans in the city — and a memorial fund has been established in honor of Nick Alexander, the Eagles of Death Metal crew member who was among the many who were killed.
U2 were forced to cancel their heavily promoted Paris performance, originally scheduled for Nov. 14, and their announcement was quickly followed by one from Motörhead, who have postponed their own stop in the city until next January. More artists, citing concerns for safety and respect, have followed suit.
Among the acts altering their travel plans are Marilyn Manson, who was scheduled to play in Paris tonight but has issued a statement explaining that the show has been canceled and promising that his tour will resume Nov. 18 in Brussels. Deftones have also canceled a pair of shows scheduled in the city, explaining, "With our deepest condolences, love and respect to everyone affected, and to all of us who share this planet, we must return home to our loved ones. We will return when appropriate."
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to honor Alexander, who was selling merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal when terrorists opened fire at the band's show at the Bataclan in Paris Nov. 13. A GoFundMe campaign started by a friend of Alexander's, Miguel Benavides, has raised roughly $58,000 as of this writing — all of which was donated in the space of a single day.
"I wanted to do something that felt productive and positive," wrote Benavides. "Today or tonight, raise a glass to the memory of Nick Alexander a guy doing a simple job of touring with a band and selling T-shirts going new places and making new friends. Last night, he ended his journey in a small theater in Paris along with many others whose lives were cut short by hate, by misguided religion, by ignorance."
The donations are being passed on to Alexander's family, who Benavides says will be making all decisions regarding their final disbursement. To learn more or to make your own donation, visit the GoFundMe campaign page.