Eagles of Death Metal Break Silence on Bataclan Massacre

By Steve Taggart

Eagles of Death Metal have bravely spoken out in an interview with Vice about the massacre at their gig at the Bataclan concert hall, Paris.

They were performing their set when gunmen burst into the venue and and fired into the crowd, who initially thought it was part of the act, killing 89 people.

Shockingly, several people fled to the band’s dressing room, but were pursued into the backstage area and massacred there. One fan managed to evade the bullets by hiding under lead singer Jesse Hughes’ leather jacket.


The band had already managed to escape and were unhurt. They released a statement on Facebook after the killings speaking of their ‘horror’ of the attacks and paying tribute to those whose lives were taken, calling for unity with ‘a common goal of love and compassion’.

Speaking to Vice, Hughes spoke about how many died purely because they refused to leave their friends behind.

He said:

A great reason why so many were killed was because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people. 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. People were playing dead and they were so scared.

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