89 people were killed at the band's Paris gig earlier this month
Julian Dorio, the touring drummer of Eagles Of Death Metal has released a statement after 89 people were killed by gunmen at the band’s gig in Paris earlier this month.
A total of 129 people were killed and around 350 injured after a series of violent attacks in the French capital on November 13, with Le Bataclan music venue the worst hit.
Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and Les InRocks reporter Guillaume B Decherf are also among the deceased.
With the band recently releasing a statement saying they are “united in grief” with the victims, fans, families and people of Paris, Dorio (also a member of The Whigs) has now issued a statement via an Instagram post.
The statement reads:
“November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I’m home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you’ll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I’m counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.”
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Speaking in their first interview following the ordeal, the band’s frontman Jesse Hughes said: “They [fans] were hiding in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in. They killed all of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.”
He continued: “People were playing dead, and they were so scared. 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.”
The band pulled all remaining tour dates following events in Paris, and released a statement a few days ago in which they describe themselves “horrified” and the experience as an “unimaginable ordeal”.