It has been a little more than a week since the tragic ISIS-led Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 people dead. Many of those deaths came from the Eagles of Death Metal show that took place in Paris’ Bataclan concert hall on the night of November 13th. The band has remained silent about the tragedy–until now. In a new interview with Vice.com, frontman Jesse Hughes speaks candidly about what exactly happened during the concert. His account is chilling, to say the least.
“Several people hid in our dressing room,” Jesse said. “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.” (According to Yahoo!, the band’s merchandise manager and three staffers were among the victims at the Bataclan.)
Jesse continues, “People were playing dead, and they were so scared. A great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people.” The singer is clearly choked up during the entire sit-down, at one point quite literally holding back tears. Watch a preview of the interview in the clip above.
The band released a statement last Wednesday on Twitter about the tragedy. “Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander; our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez; and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones,” it reads.
— EaglesOfDeathMetal (@EODMofficial) November 18, 2015
The Vice.com interview will air later this week.