Eagles Of Death Metal have given their first interview following the death of 89 people in an attack on their concert at the Paris Bataclan on November 13.
89 of 130 people killed in a night of tragedy in Paris were attending the Eagles of Death Metal’s concert, with the dead including the band’s merch man Nick Alexander. More than 100 people were also injured in the attack.
Talking to Vice, who have revealed a one-minute clip from the interview (with the remainder to follow next week), frontman Jesse Hughes says: “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 continues: “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.”
Hughes’ voice cracks throughout as he speaks of the tragedy.
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”.
The statement reads: “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.
“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
“We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the US and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil. All EODM shows are on hold until further notice. Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
View the interview clip via Vice’s Facebook, below: