Eagles of Death Metal Give Emotional Interview: 'People Started Dropping. There Was Nowhere to Go'
In an emotional interview just two weeks after the massacre, the Californian band recounted the terrifying moment gunmen opened fire during their concert at the Bataclan.
“There were two of them and they walked in and started blasting,” the band's sound engineer, Shawn London, told VICE. “Instantly, people started dropping. Injuries. Death. Also, running - and there was nowhere to go."
London, who was standing at his sound console at the back of the concert hall, described the chilling moment he locked eyes with one of the killers.
"He looked right at me and he shot at me and he missed," he recalled. "He hit my console and buttons went flying everywhere… I think he thought I probably got hit because I went down so quickly."
He continued: "Everyone around was injured and there was blood all over. He stayed there and continued to shoot and shoot and slaughter and scream at the top of his lungs: ‘Allahu Akbar!’”
London managed to escape when the shooter began to reload, eventually fleeing to safety with injured fans.
The band members had also scattered after hearing gunfire.
Guitarist Eden Galindo recounted the moment he heard the shots, saying: “At first I thought it was the PA cracking up then I realized real quick it wasn’t.”
But drummer Julian Dorio said he immediately knew something was wrong.
"We're a loud rock band... The initial shots were so powerful for me that, immediately, I knew something was wrong," he said, adding that the gunmen were "just relentlessly shooting into the audience."
Singer Jesse Hughes ran towards Galindo and they headed to the corner of the stage.
“This was a situation where everyone was looking for a place to go,” he said.
Bassist Matt McJunkins ran into a small room offstage, where he found a bottle of champagne, which he planned to use as a weapon if he had to.
The band eventually made their way to the police station, and Hughes said he called Josh Homme, the band's co-founder and drummer who does not travel with the band.
Homme said he was confused when he received texts, which read: "Everyone got shot. Everyone got shot. They took hostages. I've got blood all over me."
"It didn't make sense to me," he said.
He immediately started working to get his band home.
“We represent the fans who did not make it," he told VICE. "The people who did not make it because their stories may never get told."
Hughes admitted that while he is struggling with what happened, he is determined to continue playing for the fans.
"I cannot wait to get back to Paris," he said. "I cannot wait to play, I wanna come back. I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens 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 back there and live."