SoCal band members said to be safe after deadly Paris hostage situation
SAN DIEGO – Eagles of Death Metal had been on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris for about an hour when the sold-out show turned into a scene of terror. Gunfire, panic, a stampede of concertgoers. By the time authorities stormed the venue, the toll inside was steep. As many as 100 dead inside hall. More than 50 killed at five other sites in the City of Light.
Anxious fans of the Palm Desert band awaited word of the band members fate.
Band members who had made the trip to Europe included front man Jesse Hughes, guitarist Dave Catching (of Mark Lanegan Band and Tex & the Horseheads), bassist Matt McJunkins, guitarist Eden Galindo and drummer Julio Dorio, according to the band’s Facebook page.
All were safe and accounted for by early Saturday morning in Paris, according to someone close to the band. In addition, a Twitter post by opening act Red Lemons, members of Eagles of Death Metal made it outside of the venue to safety.
The sold-out show was part of the Eagles of Death Metal European tour. Although band members made it out safely other members of the crew did not.
One person working with the band was killed, according to people with knowledge of the situation, and another was shot and wounded.
“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” read a message posted on the Eagles of Death Metal’s Facebook page earlier in the evening. “Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
David Ian Hughes, brother of frontman Jesse Hughes, posted on Facebook that he spoke to Jesse, who was OK. “The band is ok too,” he wrote. “I hold out hope that as many people as possible make it out ok, as well. As the situation is still developing, I can not say much else.”
Michael Dorio, the brother of the band’s drummer, told CNN the group was performing when they heard gunshots inside the venue. The band “stopped playing, hit the deck, and went backstage and exited as fast as they could,” Michael Dorio said.