Paris Attackers Killed Concertgoers Hiding in Dressing Room: Band

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Eagles of Death Metal Open Up in First Interview Since Paris Attacks: ‘People Wouldn’t Leave Their Friends’.

In their first interview since the Nov. 13 Paris concert hall massacre that killed 89, the members of American rock band Eagles of Death Metal are opening up about the horrific experience to Vice. “People were playing dead, and they were so scared,” lead singer Jesse Hughes tells Vice in a new clip from the full interview, which will air next week. “A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends and so many people put themselves in front of people,” Hughes says, his voice shaking. In an emotional interview with Vice, Jesse Hughes, 43, described how just one person in the room survived – by hiding under the vocalist’s leather jacket. The U.S. band was performing at the Bataclan theater on the night of Nov. 13 when jihadi militants killed 130 people and wounded more than 350 others at several locations in Paris. Though the band was able to escape through a backstage exit after the shooting began, merchandise manager Nick Alexander and three record label colleagues – Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez – were killed. has described the interview as a discussion with the band of “those they lost, what happened that night, and to try to figure out what it is that they – and we – can do next.” In an earlier statement to PEOPLE, the band’s first public comments following the shooting, the members said they are now “bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris and all those affected by terrorism,” and are “proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.” “Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families and loved ones,” the band said in its earlier statement.

Hughes says in a short clip released by HBO that the killers were able to get into the dressing room and killed almost everyone — with the exception of one person who hid under Hughes’ leather jacket. The band fled the stage and managed to escape unharmed as jihadi gunmen slaughtered 89 of their fans during the gig last Friday in attacks on the French capital which left 130 people dead across the city. The death toll from the attacks rose to 130 on Friday, one week since Isis militants attacked the concert hall, the French national stadium and several cafes and restaurants in Paris, leaving hundreds injured. The UN security council has backed a French-sponsored resolution designed “to combat by all means this unprecedented threat”, saying IS “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security”. France will be on a state of high alert until well into the new year after the country’s senate voted to extend a state of emergency for three months following last week’s deadly attacks.

The move expands powers to allow police to carry out arrests and searches, while authorities can ban the movement of people and vehicles at specific times and places.

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