Eagles of Death Metal members caught in Paris attacks say they ‘can’t wait’ to …

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California rock band describes horror of Paris attack.

The co-founder of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert was targeted in a deadly attack by militants this month, said in an interview with Vice posted yesterday that he came face-to-face with a gunman backstage.Members of the American rock band that was playing the Paris concert hall targeted by ISIS terrorists earlier this month have given their full account of the attack for the first time and vowed that they “can’t wait” to return to the scarred venue. Members of the band, giving their first media interview since the attack in a video on the Vice website, were on stage at the Bataclan concert hall on Nov 13 when three men with rifles and explosives burst in and attacked, killing 89 people. All the band’s musicians survived, but its merchandise manager and three executives from its parent record label, Universal Music Group, were killed.

Hughes broke down as he spoke of the selflessness of those caught up in the horror, including 36-year-old merchandise manager Nick Alexander, from Colchester in southeast England, who was killed. The other bandmates detailed the instant decisions they took to save their lives, and the horrors they saw as the gunmen emptied round after round indiscriminately into the crowd. Hughes fought back tears as he explained the guilt he felt about leaving his fellow musicians on the stage, and not knowing if they had made it out alive. Do not f—ing come this way, do not,’ and we started heading back down.” Hughes reunited with his girlfriend on the street outside. “Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket,” Hughes said in a segment of the interview Vice released last week. The attackers strafed their way inside the concert hall, through the bar and merchandise counter, and straight to the pit, according to witness accounts — unleashing a torrent of gunfire.

If you’re a country artist, if you’re death metal, if you’re a DJ, it doesn’t matter, cover that song and we’ll donate the publishing (royalties),” he told VICE. It was a key action that slowed the pace of carnage. “In hindsight, I know that we saved dozens, maybe hundreds of lives,” the commissioner, who hasn’t been named, told private television channel M6. “It’s their action that made it possible to stop the killing,” Christophe Molmy, who heads the elite BRI police intervention squad, said of the police commissioner and his driver. When Molmy’s rapid-reaction team arrived at 10:15, “there’s no shooting, there’s no noise, there’s an oppressive silence inside the Bataclan.” Inside, the remaining gunmen took hostages and used them as human shields or as go-betweens with police — ordered to tell the elite police teams to stay back. Bassist Matt McJunkins described hiding in a room off the stage with the band’s tour manager and several other concertgoers, including some who had been wounded. “Someone blocked a door with a chair,” McJunkins said. “Another found a bottle of Champagne to use as a weapon … At 12:20 a.m., an assault by a police intervention team ended with one gunman shot dead, and another blown up in a suicide explosion, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

Some police who moved in after it was all over said they were traumatized by the incessant ringing of cell phones scattered about the debris, blood and corpses, an officer told the Associated Press.

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