Not only was Sacramento metal outfit Deftones scheduled to perform at Paris’ Le Bataclan theater on Saturday (Nov. 14) night, but several members of the band were in attendance at the Eagles of Death Metal concert on Friday which ended with at least 118 lives lost after terrorists opened fire on the crowd.
In an interview with Sacramento’s local CBS affiliate, lead singer Chino Moreno — who was not in attendance at the show, but is in Paris — confirmed all the band members are safe and accounted for, although it was an extremely close call for several of them.
Moreno said several members of Deftones had been at the Friday night (Nov. 13) Eagles of Death Metal concert, but left shortly before the terrorist gunmen opened fire on the crowd and took hostages.
“A couple of band members, they went to the concert, but they left early,” Moreno said. “After the first few songs they ended up leaving the venue. They got out of there and all of our band and crew are safe and accounted for at the hotel now. So, we are just here, we’re pretty much on lockdown.”
All members of Eagles of Death Metal are safe and accounted for, according to a U.S. official. The brother of touring drummer Julian Dorio called in to CNN and explained that the moment the gunmen opened fire, the band went backstage and exited the venue.
According to Paris officials, concert halls, movie theaters, museums and all public spaces are closed until further notice.