It’s been three months since terrorists stormed the Bataclan concert hall and killed 90 people during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Now, the band is finally ready to face their fears and perform a new show inside the very same venue.
Jesse Hughs, 43, has opened up about how important it is for his band, Eagles of Death Metal, to return to the Bataclan after the horrific attack that left hundreds of their fans running for their lives. The lead singer gets emotional in a new interview, in which he explains how the live show will impact the survivors — and also send a powerful message to the world.
“I don’t want to let anybody down,” Jesse told French television channel i-Télé on Monday, February 15, one day before Eagles Of Death Metal were to return to the Bataclan stage for a live concert, reports the New York Times. “For me, I can’t let the bad guys win.”
During another interview, Jessie burst into tears while talking about how much it meant to him and the band, Eagles Of Death Metal, to perform in the same venue where 90 people — specifically, their fans — were gunned down by terrorists on Nov. 13, 2015. “Paris isn’t just a show. It is not a rock show; it is a lot bigger than that. It has a much bigger purpose than just entertaining this time around,” Jesse told Canal+ in a televised interview.
What Jesse means is that by putting this show on, it gives the band and their fans a chance to “reclaim the moment,” as the Times put it. It also gives them a chance to honor and remember those who were lost, including the 40 others who were killed in attacks throughout the city that night.
Unfortunately, there are some survivors who feel it might be too soon to return to the Bataclan and recreate almost the exact same scenario as the night so many were murdered.
“Some people feel it’s too soon; they feel it’s too soon to go back to a concert, but most of the survivors are proud of the band,” said Arthur, a spokesman for Paris for Life, a survivors group that was created after the attacks. “The band members are survivors, too.”
Our thoughts remain with Eagles of Death Metal, their fans, and all of the survivors of the Paris attacks.