Eagles Of Death Metal were the band at the center of the deadliest portion of the Paris terror attacks. Eighty-nine people were killed when attackers opened fire on their set at the Bataclan. The band gave an interview with VICE explaining what it was like to live through the event and describing the future of the band.
The interview begins with guitarist Eden Galindo describing the first shots, which he thought was the PA system cracking up, and goes through each band member’s experience in detail. Readers should know that the interview is pretty hard-to-watch.
While the first half of the interview deals with the various ways in which band members and road crew escaped the venue (and includes a face-to-face encounter between frontman Jesse Hughes and one of the gunmen), the second half focuses only on Jesse and EODM co-founder Joshua Homme. The duo discuss the future of the band and their drive to finish the tour.
Hughes in particular is vocal about not letting the actions of “assh*les” keep him from entertaining.
My grandmother and my mother raised me to never give a sh*t what an assh*le thinks. If Adolf Hitler hates you, that’s awesome. You want everyone to know that that assh*le hates you. I don’t want to spend my life trying to appease or not appease assh*les… I cannot wait to get back to Paris. I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up because I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go there and live.