'Around 100' Dead At Eagles Of Death Metal Concert In Paris Attack
[UPDATES BELOW] A wave of terrorist attacks hit Paris on Friday night—President Obama called it "an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people of France, but... an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share."One of the targets was the concert venue Le Bataclan, where Palm Desert band Eagles of Death Metal were performing when the attack occurred inside of the venue. On Facebook, an individual named Benjamin Cazavones says he was inside the concert hall after the attackers took over, and that they were killing hostages "one by one":
Authorities stormed Le Bataclan and Agence France-Presse reports that "around 100" are dead:
The members of Eagles of Death Metal (Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme, was not with them for this show) were reportedly amongst those who were able to make it out of Le Bataclan safely. On Facebook, the band released this statement: "We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."
"We are just holding our breath and saying prayers for everyone," drummer Julian Dorio's wife, Emily, told the Washington Post. "He called to say that he loved me and he was safe. Everyone on stage was able to get off."
Dorio’s brother, Michael, has told Atlanta’s Channel 2:
"He said they were playing, about six songs into the show... before they saw anything, they heard automatic machine gunfire. It was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they hit the stage floor. As they got up to try to evacuate they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything in the venue. Fifteen hundred people, Julian said, was about the capacity of the venue. Julian, the lead singer and some of the crew, there was a door back of the stage that led to a street and they flew out the back door."
Here is a photo one concertgoer took of the band before the attack took place:
UPDATE: Two members of the band's crew told NBC that a member of Eagles of Death Metal died in the attack, but the identity of that person is unclear.
UPDATE, 8 p.m.: Rolling Stone reports, "Contrary to media reports stating a member of Eagles of Death Metal was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, a representative for the group tells Rolling Stone that there were no fatalities within the band."
For live updates, you can watch France24, which is streaming 24/7 from Paris.