Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Says He Has a ‘Sacred Responsibility’ to Play Show in Paris
Today (Feb. 16), Eagles of Death Metal will return to Paris to finish their Nov. 13 show that was tragically cut short when terrorists opened fire on the crowd. In an interview, frontman Jesse Hughes says there is “a sacred responsibility for me to finish this concert.”
Eagles of Death Metal -- Hughes’ band with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme -- were playing a concert at Le Bataclan in Paris in November when four gunmen stormed the theater, killing 89 people. The attack was one in a series of coordinated targets across the city that ended in a death toll of 130. Following that night, Hughes says he now believes "everybody" should have guns.
"I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe until nobody has guns everybody has to have them," he told France’s iTELE. "Because I don't ever want to see anything like this ever happen again and I want everyone to have the best chance to live and I saw people die that maybe could have lived."
The band was forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour following the November attack. They just resumed those dates on Saturday with a show in Stockholm. Tonight, they’ll play the Olympia in Paris.
“I’m supposed to put up like a barrier against anything that’s not fun and that we’re really just supposed to have fun there tomorrow,” Hughes said. “I think that’s what we really need to do is just have fun together so that we can put some of this s--- behind us and really leave it there so it doesn’t follow us around for the rest of our lives.”
Concertgoers who were present at the Nov. 13 concert at Le Bataclan have been given free tickets to the show at the Olympia tonight.