Eagles Of Death Metal Set For Paris Gig

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes

Eagles of Death Metal’s frontman has said he feels a deep responsibility to resume the gig which came under attack from terrorists.

But Jesse Hughes added that, despite the November massacre of 89 fans at Paris’s Bataclan theatre, he had not changed his pro-gun views.

The Californian rock band were performing when four Islamic extremists stormed the theatre and opened fire.

The band are due to play on Tuesday at the city’s Olympia Theatre.

The Bataclan theatre has been closed since the attack.

The raid on the concert was one of seven coordinated attacks across Paris on 13 November.

As well as the multiple deaths in the concert hall, more than 100 were injured when the gunmen fired into the crowd.

In an interview with French news TV news channel iTELE on Monday, Hughes spoke of the “overwhelming” support the band had received.

“There’s been just such an outpouring of support for us and love for us. It’s overwhelming,” he told presenter Laurence Ferrari.

“I just don’t want to let anyone down.”


Crowds of mourners left tributes and messages, including poems, flowers and photos of the victims at the Bataclan and various sites that were targeted across the French capital.

Bands, including U2, cancelled their gigs following the attacks as a mark of respect.

Ferrari went on to ask if the trauma Hughes and others experienced had changed his views on gun control, Hughes, who has previously declared his support for the right to bear arms in the US, said he believed everyone should be armed.

“I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.

“Because I don’t ever want to see anything like this ever happen again and I want everyone to have the best chance to live and I saw people die that maybe could have lived,” he said.

“I wish I knew for sure if they could have had a better chance because there were some real angels, real wonderful people in that show that aren’t alive today and I really wish they were.”

Concert-goers were trapped in the venue before police stormed the building, shooting one gunman dead.

Eagles of Death Metal band members were unhurt but a Briton selling merchandise at the gig, was among those killed. In total, 130 people died and 350 were wounded in the attacks that took place across Paris.

The band were playing in the French capital as part of a European tour but cut the tour short and returned to the US.

Speaking about Tuesday’s concert, Hughes told Itele: “I think that’s what we really need to do is just have fun together so that we can put some of this… behind us and really leave it there so it doesn’t follow us around for the rest of our lives.”