Band forced to pull last eight shows of live stint
Eagles Of Death Metal have cancelled the remainder of their European tour due to an injury sustained by frontman Jesse Hughes.
The band recently made their live return three months after terrorists targeted their show at the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. In November, 89 people were killed at the band’s gig.
Eagles Of Death Metal returned to Paris on February 16, headlining the L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix venue, but now a statement posted to Facebook confirms that they will not be able to play the last eight shows of their European tour.
“Eagles of Death Metal has regrettably been forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour due to founder Jesse Hughes tearing a tendon in his finger,” the statement reads.
“Hughes has tried to play through the injury during the current tour, but doctors have advised that the only way to properly heal it is to stop playing now, or risk further injury and having to cancel several weeks worth of shows.”
Eagles Of Death Metal are due to play Reading and Leeds festivals later in the summer, with these appearances not expected to be affected by Hughes’ injury.
Jesse Hughes says of the news in the statement: “I’m devastated that we cannot continue what has been a life-changing return to Europe, but I need to get repaired so we can continue to play rock music around this beautiful world, including coming back to Europe even stronger in the summer.”
Hughes recently spoke to French television station iTélé about his stance on gun laws, saying: “Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.”
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”