Band were performing at Bataclan tonight (November 13)
Members of Eagles Of Death Metal are reportedly safe after escaping an attack on their gig in Paris tonight (November 13), however their crew are not all yet accounted for.
As reported, the band were performing at Bataclan as part of a European tour. 87 people were killed at the venue. The attack ended when police stormed the venue, leaving two of the attackers dead.
President François Hollande has blamed the Islamic State group for the terror attacks across Paris that have left at least 127 dead. The attack on Bataclan is part of a wide-ranging attack on Paris. French national stadium Stade de France was also targeted, with French police confirming two suicide attacks and one bombing. Elsewhere at least one man opened fire in a restaurant in the 11th district.
A statement from Eagles of Death Metal via Facebook, states that they are currently trying to determine the whereabouts of their whole band and crew.
The statement reads: “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.” It is not clear who from the band posted the message.
A US official has confirmed to the Associated Press that the band are safe and accounted for, though their crew are yet to be.
A source told The Los Angeles Times that one person working with the band was killed and another was wounded in the attack. This has yet to be verified.
The Washington Post quotes the mother of Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio as saying that her son and the rest of the band are safe. “She said she spoke to her son’s wife, who said that the band members had managed to flee the concert hall when the attack began,” the Post reports. “The fate of several crew members remains unknown, she said.”
Dorio’s brother Michael added that Julian had told him that the attack happened “about six songs into the show, and they heard automatic machine gunfire. And it was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they all hit the stage floor.”
Meanwhile, the French band Red Lemons told Facebook followers that they were outside the Bataclan with members of Eagles of Death Metal when the attack happened. “They’re safe,” Red Lemons’ wrote online. “They took a cab.”
Keith Murray of We Are Scientists was in the audience of the gig. Management for the band have confirmed to NME that he and his wife are safe. They managed to leave the venue ten minutes before the incident started and are at a local hotel where they are with the crew for Wolf Alice.
Deftones were due to perform at the same venue tomorrow night (November 14). Consequence of Sound reports that they are safe and accounted for.
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Reuters report that five explosions were heard coming from inside the venue, which is located in the 11th arrondissement of the city.
Hostages who escaped or were released from the Bataclan theater told CNN that hostage takers are “killing them one by one.”
Julian Peace, a Europe 1 journalist, who was inside the venue when the attack happened and was injured, states two to three people opened fire on the crowd with kalashnivoks in an attack that lasted 10 to 15 minutes.
Eagles of Death Metal are the band of Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Homme does not perform live with the band and was not with them in Paris.