Eagles of Death Metal vows to return to Paris’ Bataclan

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California rock band in interview describes horror of Paris attack.

The French soccer league said all professional matches this weekend all across the country will be played without traveling fans in accordance with a decision by Interior Ministry. Eagles of Death Metal, the band that was playing at Paris’ Bataclan concert venue during this month’s terrorist attacks, say they want to be the first act to perform at the club when it reopens.A British man who died in the Paris attacks “bled out” in silence to protect others, according to the band which was playing the Bataclan concert hall that night. It said the measure will be implemented during Champions League, Europa League, French league and French Cup matches until mid-December “because of a lack of availability of security forces under the emergency state” as well as due to a major climate change meeting in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

In an emotional interview with Vice, the California-based group described their experiences the night of November 13th, when heavily armed gunmen stormed the Bataclan and killed 89 people, coinciding with a series of attacks at other locations around Paris. The interview is the first that the band has given since that night. “I cannot wait to get back to Paris,” singer Jesse Hughes told Vice. “I cannot wait to play. Speaking in their first interview since the atrocity played out before their eyes, members of the band told Vice News their abiding memory of the attack was a “shared heroism” from the victims. Not finding her, he opened a door to a hallway and came face-to-face with a gunman. “I saw two guys out front, and that might just be the most awful thing ever, is them just relentlessly shooting into the audience,” Dorio told Vice, a news and media organisation.

All the band’s musicians survived, but its merchandise manager and three executives from its parent record label, Universal Music Group, were killed. Choking back sobs, Jesse Hughes promised to return to the site where 89 people died at the hands of Islamic extremists — among the 130 people killed in Paris on that Friday night. Mr Hughes, 43, said that he came face to face with one of the gunmen as he and a group of fans tried to escape down the “labyrinth”-like corridors of the venue. I want to go back there and live.” In the interview, each member of the group describes the moments they realized that the venue was under attack, about one hour into their set, and how they fled to safety amid the chaos. But bassist Matt McJunkins, who can be seen in video which emerged of the incident nearer the time diving down to the other side of the stage, became trapped in a dressing room.

The band said they wanted to reach out to anyone who was there on the night, “anyone who is recovering from hospital, if they need a phone call from us”. The band also recounted how the attackers killed everyone who had been hiding in their dressing room, except for one fan who was able to hide under Hughes’ leather jacket. And they also pledged to donate the royalties from covers of their music to the victims’ families, challenging music streaming services such as iTunes and Spotify to do the same.

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