Eagles of Death Metal, an American band, had played a concert prior to a deadly terrorist attack inside the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. They performed on Nov. 13 before about 35 people were reportedly killed, and another 100 were taken hostage inside the concert hall. Here are five things to know about the band.
35 people were reportedly killed inside the 1,500-seat Bataclan Theatre in Paris, following an Eagles of Death Metal concert on Nov. 13, and an additional 100 are being held hostage. The unfolding events are part of a broader terrorist attack. The band is American, and the concert– which was sold-out– is said to have gone on as scheduled, before the violence began. Here’s what you need to know about the band.
5. THEY WERE FORMED IN 1998: Eagles of Death Metal has been around for a while, formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who are the only “permanent” members of the band.
4. THEY ARE NOT A DEATH METAL BAND: Though their name suggests otherwise, Eagles of Death Metal are not a death metal band– they actually play music which can be described as “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals,” according to Josh.
3. THEY ARE FROM CALIFORNIA: The band was created in Palm Dessert, California. The fact that the band is American may turn out to be particularly significant if and when a motive for this violence is unveiled.
2. THEY ARE POPULAR: The concert at Bataclan Theatre, where this situation is unfolding, was completely sold-out, which surely adds to the devastation.
1. THE MEMBERS: As of the concert on Nov. 13, the band had five members who were credited as “live members.” They are Jesse Hughes (vocals, guitar), Dave Catching (guitar, vocals, bass), Matt McJunkins (bass, vocals), Julian Dorio (drums), and Eden Galindo (guitar, vocals).
Update: The hostage crisis is reportedly over with around 153 innocent people killed by the attackers. Two terrorists are reportedly dead and survivors called the attack a “bloodbath” full of “carnage.”
This entire situation is absolutely terrible. We will continue to update you as it unfolds.
— Casey Mink