November 14, 2015


Eagles of Death Metal Issue Statement Following Paris Terrorist Attack

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UPDATE (9:02am ET Nov. 14): All Eagles of Death Metal band members "are safe and have been accounted for," a U.S. official briefed by the Justice Department told the Associated Press.

Eagles of Death Metal has released its first statement following an attack in Paris in which terrorists took over Le Bataclan, a concert venue in which the rock group was performing on Friday night (Nov. 13). 

“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” the group posted on social media. “Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”

Earlier on Friday night, it was reported that the band had escaped the concert hall, which became a hostage situation as part of a coordinated terrorist attack. A reported 35 people were killed in the terrorist attack at the concert venue. Members of Deftones, who were scheduled to perform at Bataclan on Saturday night, were at the venue 15 minutes before the attack began.

Eagles of Death Metal are a California hard rock group formed by Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. The group released a new album, Zipper Down, last month. Homme did not join the group for its current European tour.

In a statement on Friday evening, President Barack Obama called the terrorist attacks an "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians." French President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency for the city, and France's borders have been closed.