Two members of the Eagles Of Death Metal gave testimony in Paris during an ongoing civics trial surrounding the November 2015 terrorist attacks on the city – including the band’s own performance at Bataclan theater.
Border Patrol Jesse Hughes and guitarist Eden Galindo appeared in court on Tuesday (May 17), with both describing how the attack had permanently affected them as survivors. Guardians reports that Hughes immediately knew the location was under attack while the band was playing their song ‘Kiss The Devil’.
“As someone who lives in a desert community in California, I know gunfire,” he said. Hughes went on to say that he “knew death was ahead of us” when three gunmen opened fire on the audience, ultimately killing 90 people.
Galindo, meanwhile, expressed grief over the loss of his victims – to the point where he ended up leaving the Eagles Of Death Metal for a while. “I live a different life,” he said. “I will never be like that.”
Hughes concluded his testimony by stating that “the perpetrators tried to leave a legacy of terror”, but in the end “you can’t kill rock & roll”.
The Bataclan attack was the subject of a 2017 documentary, titled Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends). Many bands and artists have shown support for the band in the wake of the tragedy, with several covers of their song ‘I Love You All The Time’ being released to raise money for the victims’ families.
However, the aftermath of the tragedy was not without controversy about the band’s end. Hughes then interviewed with Fox News that confirms his pro-gun stance. “Did French gun control stop a single damn guy from dying in the Bataclan?” he said at the time. “If someone can answer yes, I’d love to hear that.”
Hughes also alleges that several Bataclan security guards were involved in the attack – comments he later responded to as “unreasonable accusations”.
https://www.nme.com/news/music/eagles-of-death-metal-testify-over-2015-bataclan-terrorist-attack-the-perpetrators-tried-to-leave-a-legacy-of-terror-3228008?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eagles-of-death-metal-testify-over-2015-bataclan-terrorist-attack-the-perpetrators-tried-to-leave-a-legacy-of-terror “The perpetrators tried to leave a legacy of terror”