French festivals drop Eagles Of Death Metal due to Jesse Hughes’ terrorism comments

The singer has been dropped after controversial interviews with Fox News

Two French music festivals have dropped Eagles of Death Metal from their line-ups, following comments made by Jesse Hughes about Muslims and terrorism.

Hughes, whose band survived the Paris terror attacks in November last year, during the shoot-out at the Bataclan theatre in which 89 people died, made several controversial comments in subsequent interviews.

In one interview, he blamed France’s strict gun laws for allowing the shooters to go unchallenged, and then later accused some of the security guards at the famous French music venue of being in cahoots with the terrorist cell who claimed 130 lives in total across the French capital.

Now two festivals in France – Caberet Vert and Rock en Seine – have decided to cancel the band’s planned appearances. In a post on Facebook, they wrote: “Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations given in an interviww with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding.”

In comments made to the American Fox News channel in March, Hughes said: “Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement, but I’ll say that it seems like [some security guards] had a reason not to show up.”

He later apologised, after a spokesman for the Bataclan had retorted: “Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams. A judicial investigation is undergoing. We wish to let justice proceed serenely. All the testimonies gathered to this day demonstrate the professionalism and courage of the security agents who were on the ground on November 13. Hundreds of people were saved thanks to [their] intervention.”