Marion Ruszniewski, Rock&Folk, AFP | Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan concert hall the night of the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015
The lead singer of the rock band Eagles of Death Metal describes how concertgoers died seeking shelter in his dressing room at the Bataclan club in Paris on November 13, in an emotionally-charged interview with Vice.
Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal spoke to Vice in an interview that will air on its website next week. A 30-second excerpt was posted online Saturday. It is the first time a member of the band has spoken publically about the attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan.
“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 said in the interview, as the band’s co-founder, Josh Homme, sat next to him.
“People were playing dead and they were so scared,” Hughes said, his voice quavering. “A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people.”
In a statement on its Facebook page earlier this week, the band said those killed that night included Nick Alexander, its merchandising manager, and three record company “comrades” of the band: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.
The band, which also goes by the acronym EODM, was on stage at the Bataclan when gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles.
A brief video clip taken inside the hall as the assault began was posted to Instagram and has since been shown on television. In it, three EODM musicians can be seen on stage in the middle of an instrumental performance as gunfire erupts, prompting the drummer to duck for cover while one guitarist fled the stage and another stood frozen.
SOURCE: (FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)