On November 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan in Paris, France. During their performance of “Kiss the Devil” gunmen entered the theater and opened fire on the crowd. 89 people were killed including Nick Alexander, who was working the band’s merchandise table, and Thomas Ayad, a marketing manager at Mercury Music Group. The band survived the attack and had made a promise to the fans to return to Paris. On February 16, 2016, Eagles of Death Metal made good on that promise playing at the Olympia.
I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris distributed by Eagle Vision Eagle Rock Films is a live recording of the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Olympia. The cover (pictured above) depicts the band playing from the show. Inside of the box includes additional pictures of the band from that show and a dedication to both Nick and Thomas, the 89 victims, and all victims of terrorism. The film was directed by Vincent Bordes and Julien Aivadian while produced by Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme. The format we received to review was a DVD, but the film was also released in Blu-ray, and an 2 CD audio. The DVD runs 102 minutes long and the Eagles of Death Metal band members listed on this performance are Jesse Hughes (vocals, guitar), Joshua Homme (drums), Matt McJunkins (bass), Dave Catching (guitar), Julian Dorio (drums), and Ed Galindo (guitar).
The DVD starts off with a text recap of what happened at the Bataclan and when this performance took place. The song “Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S’Eveille” by French singer Jacques Dutronc is playing when the band steps out on stage. The crowd response is tremendous with the fans making horns and holding them high and cheering loudly. You can literally see Jesse Hughes’ eyes watering as he looks over the crowd, blowing them kisses, mouthing “I love you so much”, and making a heart symbol with his hands before they rip into “I Only Want You”. The crowd is feverish to their opening performance and the band half way through stops to silence gesturing for the crowd to be silent as well. When the crowd quiets down Jesse states “Let’s take a moment to remember and we get back to the fun.” Hand over his heart Jesse and the band takes a moment of silence before Joshua starts up the drumbeat again and the band jumps back into the song. You can immediately tell this is going to be a special performance.
If you’ve never had the opportunity the see Eagles of Death Metal live it is an absolute treat and this DVD captures it well. They are an energetic band that loves to have fun on stage. They perform not just for the crowd, but to the crowd, engaging them at all aspects of their show. Jesse also loves to dance on stage during his performances and it’s definitely a sight to see. During the song “So Easy”, a fan in the front holds up a t-shirt for Jesse to take. He takes it and holds it up to read it, then shows it to the band, and then the crowd. On it the shirt reads “I really wannabe in Paris”. He hangs the shirt over a speaker so it’s still visible and then says to the crowd, “I love you motherfuckers so much you have no idea!” You can tell Jesse speaks and sings from the heart during this performance.
During “I Love You All The Time” Julian Dorio comes on stage to play drums for that song and then remains on stage, having two drummers during the remainder of the performance. The performance of “The Reverend” is one of my favorites with a great instrumental intro from the band before diving into the song. Surprisingly, during “I Got A Feelin (Just Nineteen)” Jesse smashes his white guitar on stage and then tosses it into the front row as a souvenir. The band also performs a cover of Stealers Wheel “Stuck In The Middle With You” instead singing it as “Stuck In The Metal”, which is how the track is listed. It’s a great performance of a classic song. Right before the plan played “Secret Plans” Jesse says, “This next song goes out to my dear friend Nick Alexander because we loved to make secret plans. I love that motherfucker and Nick I love you motherfucker I love you so good.”
The band comes out to encore with most of them wearing matching button down, long sleeve shirts, with eagle feathers on the front sporting France’s flag colors. Jesse is also sporting a guitar in the same colors. You can see he’s moved when the crowd is chanting “We love you” when the band returns to the stage. As part of the encore they performed Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer”, which is beautiful rock rendition of the song. For their finale of “Speaking In Tongues” the band performed a long instrumental where Jesse went up into the balcony of the Olympia to play some guitar riffs with the fans surrounding him. The band took a bow on stage when they were done and Jesse and Joshua hugged it out on stage.
This is a must own DVD for any fan of Eagles of Death Metal. To visually see the performance alone is worth your money. The DVD also includes 3 additional tracks of live performances from the Tergram Ballroom in Los Angeles.