PICS: Eagles of Death Metal at Del Mar Racetrack

We 'love you all the time': Eagles of Death Metal boogie-rocked the Del Mar Racetrack on Friday, Aug. 4

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San Diego loves the Palm Desert, California band and their fun-lovin’ mix of glam, psych-rock and rockabilly.
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They got their start in 1998 and was founded by Jesse Hughes (vocals and guitar, pictured right) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age frontman, who played drums). The current touring lineup, aside from Hughes, consists of Dave Catching (guitar, pictured left), Eden Galindo (guitar), Jennie Vee (bass) and Jorma Vik (drums).
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As many are quick to point out: Eagles of Death Metal are, in fact, a death metal band. The name was intended to be a joke.
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In an interview, Hughes explained that he and Homme were in a bar watching a man dance to the song “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions. When they asked what he was doing, the man yelled “This is death metal, dude!” Homme replied: “No it’s not. This is like the Eagles of death metal.”
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Eagles of Death Metal released their debut album “Peace, Love, Death Metal,” in March 2004. That was followed in 2006 by “Death By Sexy.”
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In 2008, they released their third album “Heart On” and then in 2015, released their fourth full-length, “Zipper Down.”
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Sadly, the band became known worldwide on Nov. 13, 2015, when gunmen stormed the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, where the band was performing, and attacked the crowd. Eighty-nine people were killed. The world, shocked and outraged, mourned for Paris.
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In December of that year, the band announced the resumption of their European tour, which they had renamed the "Nos Amis Tour" ("Our Friends Tour"). It included a date at the Olympia Hall in Paris on Feb. 16, 2016. Ticket-holders from the Bataclan show were able to attend the Olympia Hall concert for free.
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On Aug. 1, the band released a live DVD of that show titled “I Love You All the Time: Live at the Olympia in Paris,” and dedicated it to all those who lost their lives at the Bataclan.
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Before the show, Hughes said: “The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month. Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming. Not returning to finish our set was never an option.”
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During their Aug. 4 show at the Del Mar Racetrack, the band performed a 13-song set, including: “I Only Want You,” “Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!),” “Complexity” (Boots Electric cover), “So Easy / Save a Prayer,” “Whorehoppin’ (S---, Goddamn),” “Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.),” “Cherry Cola”…
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Along with “The Reverend,” “I Like to Move in the Night,” “Secret Plans,” “Flames Go Higher,” “Wannabe in L.A.,” “Heart On / I Love You All the Time.”
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They also performed a three-song encore consisting of: “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie cover), “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News),” and “Speaking in Tongues.” Come back soon!
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