Four months after the Paris attacks took the lives of 130 people, the frontman of Eagles of Death Metal has introduced a potentially narrative-shifting element to the story.
In a recent video interview with Fox Business Network, Jesse Hughes insinuated security guards at the venue hit by the attacks were aware beforehand that something terrible was going to happen. Host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery asked Hughes if anything seemed out of the ordinary when he arrived at the Bataclan on Nov. 13. He responded:
“When I first got to the venue and walked in, I walked past the dude who was supposed to be the security guard for the backstage. He didn’t even look at me. I immediately went to the promoter and said, ‘Who’s that guy? I want to put another dude on.’ He says, ‘Well, some of the other guards aren’t here yet.’ And eventually I found out that six or so wouldn’t show up at all.”
Hughes was careful not to go into detail, but he suggested something was out of the ordinary: “Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement, but it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.”
Hughes’ comments come from the first part of an interview that premiered on the Fox Business Network show Kennedy on Wednesday. The rest of the interview will air on Thursday night’s episode (March 10), at 8 p.m. ET.
Previously, Eagles of Death Metal detailed their terrifying experience at the Bataclan — escaping attackers and searching for loved ones — though Hughes’ recent assertion had not been expressed.
Following the attack, Eagles of Death Metal returned to the stage with U2 at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on Dec. 7 and began a European tour in February, which included a Paris headlining show. Later that month, a hand injury sustained by Hughes forced them to cancel the final eight shows of the tour. However, a slew of dates between March and September (including a handful of U.S. appearances) are still on.
A representative for the band had no further comment on Hughes’ statements in the Fox Business Network interview.