Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes on Paris Attacks: 'Many People Wouldn't Leave Their Friends'

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal
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Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs live at Petrovaradin Fortress on July 9, 2015 in Novi Sad, Serbia. 

Members of Eagles of Death Metal, the band playing at Le Bataclan during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, are speaking out about the lives lost and what happened that night for the first time in an interview with Vice.

Eagles of Death Metal Releases First Full Statement After Paris Attacks

The interview, conducted by Vice founder Shane Smith, is with the band's Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme. It will premiere next week.

“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 says in a trailer.

“People were playing dead, and they were so scared,” he continues. “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.”

Hughes has a history with Vice, having previously hosted a video series on the music channel Noisey. The band has also been interviewed by Vice various times.

Paris Attacks: A Tribute to the Music Industry's Victims

Eagles of Death Metal survived the attacks, but victims included the band's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, as well as three record label associates: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez. In total, 89 people were killed at the concert.

Watch a preview of the interview below.


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