Jesse Hughes, the lead singer of Eagles of Death Metal, had only one thought in his head when terrorists opened fire during the Nov. 13 show in Paris: escape. As he fled from the Bataclan theater, Jesse shouted at fans to ‘run’ and get out with their lives!
When the killers began their deadly attack on the Bataclan music hall, fans attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris first thought it was part of the show. Tragically, it was not. Fans realized their lives were in danger when they saw the band fleeing the stage, and when singer Jesse Hughes, 43, was heard telling fans to save themselves!
“Run, baby – run!” Jesse reportedly told Maria and Patrick Moore, as he tried to escape the carnage, reports Daily Mail. Maria and Patrick had travelled from Southampton in the UK to see the band on Nov. 13. They’re some of band’s biggest fans, having seen them in 14 different countries. Maria and Patrick heard Jesse’s words to flee while searching for their friend, Brian Sanders, amid the bloodbath at the Paris music hall.
“Brian was being trodden on so we went back to the doorway and yanked him up,” Maria said. As she and her friends escaped from the music venue, she said she heard “the crackle of gunshots and people stumbling on the streets.” Because of the adrenaline, Maria said she “can’t remember hearing anyone screaming…it was all a blur.”
Maria was taking a picture of Jesse the moment the terrorists opened fire in the Bataclan music hall. Graphic footage of the attack showed loud gunfire leaving the band stunned before they realized what was actually going on. The terrified crowd also began to panic when they knew they were in danger. The terrorists took the remaining concertgoers hostage. Despite the best efforts of the authorities, they couldn’t save the captives, as the murderers killed 89 people before the siege was over.
Thankfully, Maria, her husband and her friend made it out alive. So did the Eagles of Death Metal. Along with Jesse, Julian Dorio, Mikel Ross and Eric McFadder were all reported to be safe and sound. Sadly, the band’s merch manager, Nick Alexander, was shot dead during the slaughter. His girlfriend, Polina Buckley posted a heartfelt tribute to Nick, calling him “the love of [her] life.”
Our thoughts are with the survivors and the families of those killed in these horrific attacks.
— Jason Brow