Motörhead frontman Lemmy brands terrorists behind Paris attacks ‘assholes and cowards’

Metal veteran also says his band would have played the day after Bataclan massacre

Motorhead frontman Lemmy has spoken out about the recent attacks in Paris dubbing the perpetrators “assholes and cowards”.

The frontman said he would have played at the Bataclan concert hall the day after 89 people were killed during an Eagles Of Death Metal gig in the French capital as a show of defiance.

The singer told ZDF Aspekte:”We were looking at the TV as it happened and they were filming it. You could still hear gunshots. It’s so dumb. Those people are so dumb. What for? Do you think it’s gonna be a heroic thing to kill innocent people? Assholes. Cowards.

“I would have gone on the day after. If they [the terrorists] stop you, then they win. And they’re not going to beat me. I mean, I do what I’m supposed to do. If the police cancel [the show for us], I can’t do [anything] about that. But we didn’t cancel it.”

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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 recently 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 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”.