May 20, 2016


Eagles of Death Metal Dropped From French Festivals Over Bataclan Comments

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Eagles of Death Metal have now been dropped by two French festivals, Rock En Seine and Cabaret Vert, after frontman Jesse Hughes made remarks about the Bataclan attacks in Paris. In this month's Taki's Magazine, he agreed with VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes that "liberal mentality" was the reason for the attacks. 

Hughes continued, "I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination." Back in March, the singer also implied in a Fox Business interview that the venue had some prior knowledge of the terrorist event.

Hughes apologized for the "absurd" comments made in March (but not the current ones), yet that wasn't enough for the French festivals to keep Eagles of Death Metal on their rosters. In a statement, the organizers explained they are in "total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations."

This announcement follows the band's return to Paris earlier this year, where they performed a sold-out show at Olympia. View the festivals' Facebook announcement about the cancellation below: