Eagles of Death Metal recount Paris shooting

  • 23/11/2015
Eagles of Death Metal band members Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (Facebook)
Eagles of Death Metal band members Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (Facebook)

Members of American rock band the Eagles of Death Metal have opened up for the first time about the massacre at the Bataclan theatre in Paris.

Eighty-nine people were killed when gunmen stormed the venue during the band's concert and started firing into the crowd.

In an interview with VICE, bandmates Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme described how fans tried to hide from the attacker.

"Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket," Hughes says.

"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," he revealed.

The band managed to escape through a backstage exit after the shooting began, although the band’s merchandise manager Nick Alexander and three record label colleagues were killed.

The band released a Facebook post last Thursday.


The full interview can be viewed on VICE.com next week. It was filmed in Los Angeles on Saturday, with VICE describing it as “incredibly emotional”.

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