Bataclan Kicks Out Eagles of Death Metal at Sting's Reopening Concert: Report

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Reports indicate that two Eagles of Death Metal members, including frontman Jesse Hughes, were forced to leave Sting's concert that marked the reopening of Paris' Bataclan Saturday night (Nov. 12), a year after the terrorist attack that killed 89 people. Eagles of Death Metal was the band playing at the venue last year, on Nov. 13, 2015, when the tragedy occurred.

Bataclan co-director Jules Fritos reportedly removed Hughes and another EODM band member from the venue at the event.

"They came, I threw them out -- there are things you can't forgive," Frutos said, according to AFP.


"He makes these incredibly false declarations every two months. It is madness, accusing our security of being complicit with the terrorists," Frutos added. "Enough. Zero. This has to stop."

Months after the attack, Hughes had insinuated to the press that Bataclan's security staff knew something terrible was going to happen that night in November 2015, claiming he heard several security guards did not show up for their shift. "I won't make a definite statement, but it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up," he stated in March. The venue swiftly released a statement of its own that read: "Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams."

Hughes apologized after making those comments, saying he made "absurd accusations" that were "unfounded and baseless." Still, in a later interview published in May, the singer claimed to have seen Muslims "celebrating in the street during the attack…How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination."


Eagles of Death Metal got dropped from the lineup of two French music festivals after Hughes made the comments.

At his Saturday night concert at the Bataclan, a year after the deadly attack, Sting launched into his set honoring the victims with an opening statement followed by a moment of silence.

"We've got two important things to do tonight," he said in French. "First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue."