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Eagles of Death Metal Drummer: I'm Counting Down The Days Until I Finish the Bataclan Concert

Drummer Julian Dorio of Eagle of Death Metal opened up about the attacks in Paris that occurred during a concert of his band. (Instagram) Drummer Julian Dorio of Eagle of Death Metal opened up about the attacks in Paris that occurred during a concert of his band. (Instagram)

Eagles of Death Metal's drummer is speaking out for the first time since the Paris concert at Le Bataclan, where 89 people were killed in a terrorist attack.

In a lengthy post shared to Instagram, Julian Dorio vowed to return to the venue to finish the gig.

“I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert,” he wrote.

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Dorio, the touring drummer for the band, expressed his thoughts alongside a photo showing him inside Notre Dame lighting candles for those affected by the tragedy:

 

November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.✌🏼️❤️🤘🏼 #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm

A photo posted by Julian Dorio (@coolranchdorio) on Nov 24, 2015 at 5:21am PST

In the post, he mourned the loss of the band’s merchandise coordinator Nick Alexander, who was killed.

“I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families,” he wrote.

Dorio also shed new light on how the band escaped the venue during the atrocity. He said that the band were halfway through their set before gunfire erupted inside the venue.

“To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes," he wrote.

“Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us."

Read: Eagles of Death Metal Speak Out for First Time Since Attacks: 'Love Overshadows Evil'

Hours before the concert, Dorio was riding his bike around the City of Lights, according to an Instragram post that day.

 

There's nothing quite like Paris via bicycle. Missing @emilydorio though. @eodmofficial at @le_bataclan tonight! #eodm 🤘🏼🇫🇷🚴🏼 [ 📷 - @wearescientists ]

A photo posted by Julian Dorio (@coolranchdorio) on Nov 13, 2015 at 9:17am PST

Earlier in the week, a clip of Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes was released by VICE, where he recounted what happened that night.

“Several people were hid in our dressing room. The killers were able to get in and killed everyone of them accept for a kid that was hiding under my leather jacket,” Hughes said.

Hughes, a co-founder of the band, sat with bandmate and fellow co-founder Josh Homme, who was not at the concert, and discussed the events to Shane Smith of VICE.

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