Paris attacks: the leader of Eagles of Death Metal testified, I felt death coming closer
Steph Deschamps / May 18, 2022
Two members of the American hard rock band Eagles of Death Metal testified Tuesday at the trial of the November 13attacks.
I felt death approaching, said singer and guitarist Jesse Hughes, quoted by several French media, including Ouest France and BFM TV.
By that night, we already knew we had lost friends because in my mind, everyone at the concert was a friend, Hughes said. The singer said he immediately recognized the sound of gunfire and how the band fled the venue.
Eden Galindo, the former Eagles of Death Metal guitarist, also spoke out about the confusion that followed the shooting. I didn't know what it was, I thought the sound system was exploding, he said. He added that he still remembered the panicked faces of the fans in the front row, who didn't know what was going on in the back of the room.
The group was able to escape through the backstage area. Eden Galindo and Jesse Hughes rushed to find his girlfriend, who was still in the dressing room, and escaped from the Bataclan.
We ran, we didn't know where we were, continued the ex-guitarist. They finally got into a cab, which took them to the police station. There were spectators covered in blood who also came for help.
What the perpetrators (of the attacks) wanted to do was to silence music, the joy of life, said the leader of Eagles of Death Metal. But they failed. Jesse Hughes said he forgave the terrorists. I pray for them and for their souls.
He concluded by quoting the words of singer Ozzy Osbourne: You can't kill rock’n'roll.