Paris Authorities Storm Concert Hall Where Hostages Were Held

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Eagles of Death Metal, a Band Known for Wit, Now Mired in Tragedy.

The members of an American rock band whose concert was among the Paris targets attacked in a wave of bombings and shootings appear to be safe, media reported on Saturday.Management for the Eagles of Death Metal, scheduled to perform Friday night at a Paris venue where at least 100 people were killed, say they are “trying to determine the safety and whereabouts” of the band and its crew. Despite the name, it is not a death metal band but rather has worked with music A-listers including the actor Jack Black and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame. Others mistook it as an indication that the group plays death metal — a particularly dark subgenre of heavy metal — leading to a few insistent corrections on Twitter as well as carefully worded explanations from television news anchors.

The band’s name, while frequently misunderstood, was initially chosen ironically as the artists — longtime friends — imagined a cross between hard-charging death rockers and the quintessential Americana band the Eagles. There were shouts of “Allahu akbar” just before the gunmen opened fire, and for about 20 minutes there was carnage. “When they started shooting, we just saw flashes,” a witness named Gwen told French BFM-TV. “People got down on the ground right away. The band’s lyricism — and shows — are often known for lasciviousness, with the two men seeing themselves in the tradition of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

It doesn’t really get much better than this!” “Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth,” read a statement on the concert’s website on Friday night. “Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. Vice President Al Gore was due to host the 24-hour live webcast from the foot of the Eiffel Tower to drum up attention for this month’s international climate summit in Paris. Besides Gore, who helped negotiate the 1997 climate treaty that failed to control global warming, the broadcast was to feature musical performances by Elton John, Duran Duran and others. They simply fired indiscriminately into the crowd. “It lasted for 10 minutes, 10 minutes, 10 horrific minutes … and the terrorists were very calm, very determined, and they reloaded three or four times their weapons,” he said. With dozens trapped inside and the police massing for an assault, President Franois Hollande went on television to declare a state of emergency, his voice trembling.

French President Francois Hollande and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are among other officials scheduled to take part in the event. ■ A publicist says 81-year-old Oscar-winning actor Alan Arkin was hospitalized after a minor stroke but was fine and back reading scripts on Friday. Arkin, who won supporting actor Academy Awards for 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” and 2009’s “Argo,” suffered the “mini-stroke” on Monday and was released from the hospital the next day, said his publicist. Buses streamed from the scene bearing survivors, some wrapped in towels, to be taken to police headquarters in the centre of the city and interviewed. Nearby, the public prosecutor for Paris, Franois Molins, told reporters — speaking of all the attacks Friday — that “there is risk that the death toll might reach or even exceed 120 dead”.

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