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‘Eagles of Death Metal’ fans rally to band’s support

Fans of rock band Eagles of Death Metal have mounted a social media campaign to boost downloads of the band’s newly recorded track “Save a Prayer”

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Fans of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris show was turned into a massacre by gunmen who stormed the concert, have mounted a social media campaign to boost downloads of the band’s newly recorded track “Save a Prayer.”

A Facebook page titled “Eagles of Death Metal for No. 1” was launched over the weekend, according to the site, by a handful of British-based “regular gig-goers” with no ties to the band’s organisation, its management, marketing or music label.

They urged fans to show solidarity by purchasing “Save a Prayer,” a cover version of a 1982 Duran Duran single, from music sites like Amazon.com and iTunes and by playing the track on the Spotify music streaming website.

Organizers said they were aiming to drive the song to the top of the British pop singles charts this week, and that the track already had hit No. 1 on Amazon and iTunes rock charts within 24 hours.

The band, which also goes by the acronym EODM, was on stage Friday night at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris when gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles, killing scores of people in the largest loss of life in the attacks across Paris.

A brief video clip taken inside the hall as the assault began was posted to Instagram and has since been shown on television. In it, three EODM musicians can be seen on stage in the middle of an instrumental performance as gunfire erupts, prompting the drummer to duck for cover while one guitarist flees the stage and another stands frozen.