Eagles of Death Metal Members Revisit Paris Attack Site
Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, right, and Julian Dorio pay their respects to 89 victims who died in a Nov. 13 major extremist attack, at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. PARIS (AP) — Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal on Tuesday revisited the ravaged Paris theater where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers. Solemn and silent, they came to the now-shuttered Bataclan theater in eastern Paris, whose facade has become a shrine to the 89 people killed inside.
Eagles of Death Metal Speak Out on Horrific Attack at Bataclan
Eagles of Death Metal were an hour into their set at the Bataclan theater in Paris, playing to a crowd of cheering fans on Friday, Nov. 13. Then something terrible happened, something not one member of the band, their crew, or the audience could have predicted. The venue was stormed by four gunmen, who killed 89 people either by shooting or later when three detonated their suicide belts.
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Eagles of Death Metal Speak Out for First Time Since Paris Tragedy
This is the first time that EoDM have taken to social media since last Friday, when they tweeted that they were still looking for all members of their crew and entourage. It was later revealed that their merchandise manager Nick Alexander, who is referenced in their statement below, was one of the 89 people killed at Le Bataclan. 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.
Owners of Paris' Bataclan Venue Issue Statement
Gunmen attacked an Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan in Paris, gunning down fans and blowing themselves up as police stormed the building (AFP Photo/Marion Ruszniewski) The owners of Paris’ Bataclan venue, the scene of the Eagles of Death Metal concert struck by a terror attack Friday, have issued their first statement since the tragedy. Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones,” the Bataclan’s owners said in the statement. Le Bataclan: Attack Occurred at a Legendary Paris Club Over the weekend, the blood-stained sidewalk outside the venue had become the epicenter where mourners gathered and paid tribute to those killed in the attacks. “Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately, the authorities still need to work on [the] site,” the venue’s owners added in the statement posted on Twitter (as translated by Buzzfeed).
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Eagles of Death Metal: A Primer on the Tragedy-Stricken Rock Group
They say any publicity is good publicity, but Eagles of Death Metal would certainly beg to differ. All five members of the band, who were onstage when shots first rang out, escaped to safety during the horrific terrorist attack – but their merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was among the more than 100 victims who were brutally killed.
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Eagles of Death Metal's Merch Manager Nick Alexander Among Confirmed Casualties of Paris Attacks
He is the first reported British citizen to die in the various attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday. Although as of this writing Eagles of Death Metal have not issued any comment since a Friday evening Facebook post saying they were “still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” Alexander’s family has released the following official statement: “It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night.
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Eagles of Death Metal Escape Paris Hostage Situation After Terrorist Attack on Bataclan Concert
UPDATE: There are at least a reported 100 people dead inside Paris, France’s Bataclan concert hall on Friday, according to AFP and the Associated Press. The band playing the venue, Eagles of Death Metal, took to Twitter late Friday to express concern over members of their entourage who were still missing, and sorrow in general for the victims of this tragic attack. UPDATE #2: According to the Los Angeles Times, one of the band’s crew members was killed, and another was shot and wounded. pic.twitter.com/LghFAsiiV9 — EaglesOfDeathMetal (@EODMofficial) November 13, 2015 (photo: Variety) Eagles of Death Metal, the Southern California garage rockers whose sold-out show at Paris’s 1,500-capacity Bataclan concert hall was the target of an horrific terrorist attack, have escaped from the hostage situation unscathed. Facebook messages posted by the French band Red Lemons and Los Angeles musician Ricky Gaez, aka Ricky Vodka (the best friend of EoDM touring guitarist Eden Gallindo), say the band is safe.