Eagles of Death Metal Drummer Recounts Paris Concert Attack
Eagles of Death Metal touring drummer Julian Dorio and his bandmates were playing a concert at Le Bataclan in Paris on Nov. 13 when gunmen opened fire on the crowd, ultimately killing 89. He has now recounted the horrific attack in an Instagram post.
The photo shows Dorio lighting a candle at Notre Dame Cathedral with a caption expressing his sorrow for those lost in the attack, including Eagles of Death Metal merch manager Nick Alexander.
“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,” Dorio writes. “Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head.”
Dorio also conveyed his gratitude for his “new family abroad,” specifically those who helped the band safely exit the venue and a man who lent him a phone to call his wife:
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.
Dorio concluded by noting, “I’m counting down the days until I get to finish that concert.” Read his complete message at the bottom of the page.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.