UPDATE 5:00 PM: In their first interview since the tragic massacre that took place at their concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris, Eagles of Death Metal spoke to VICE on their "experience, the friends, and the fans they lost that night" with VICE founder Shane Smith. "At first I thought it was the PA cracking up," guitarist Eden Galindo starts. "And then I realized real fast that it wasn't and I recognized what it was." Listen to the band explain their harrowing first-hand experience below.
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The world still mourns for Paris following the tragic series of attacks that took place in the capital of France earlier this month, including the horrific massacre at the Bataclan theater during the Eagles of Death Metal's concert. The band released a statement following the attacks to confirm that all members of the band were safe following the show.
The band's touring drummer, Julian Dorio, took to Instagram to share his own personal thoughts on the events that transpired. Describing the events as "unimaginable," Dorio goes on to express his deep sadness for all those people who lost a loved one that night. While all band members made it out of the venue safely, the band's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, did not. "To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes." He also says the event left him "forever changed." Read his full statement below.
November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.✌🏼️❤️🤘🏼 #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm
A photo posted by Julian Dorio (@coolranchdorio) on Nov 24, 2015 at 5:21am PST