November 13, 2015 attacks: Eagles of Death Metal singer changed “forever”

The singer of the American group Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, said in the Assize Court of Paris on Tuesday evening the horror experienced on November 13, 2015 in the Bataclan hall attacked by jihadists, emphasizing that it had “changed his life” ). forever”.

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Survivors or relatives of the victims had come in large numbers to hear the California singer and former band guitarist, Eden Galindo, both civilian parties in court.

In a loud and clear voice, Jesse Hughes, dressed in black and a red tie, recalled how “in the middle of the concert” he had heard gunshots.

“I know the sound of gunfire,” he explains. “I knew what was going to happen, I felt death was approaching.”

The concert was abruptly interrupted by a Kalashnikov fire: 90 people lost their lives.

His voice is articulated. The 49-year-old singer confesses the panic, the desire to leave as soon as possible with his partner and Eden Galindo.


“An angel named Arthur got into a taxi and took us to the police station,” he recalls.

There the two musicians discover dozens of wounded covered in blood. They also learn of the death of one of them, the British Nick Alexander, who was responsible for the group’s fuel products.

That evening, “90 of my friends were killed in a disgusting way in front of us,” continues Jesse Hughes, with his hands clasped on the table, looking the court members straight in the eye.

The singer recounts how he hesitated for a long time afterwards to return to the stage: “I did not know if I would have the strength to return.”

“What the attackers tried to do that night was to extinguish the joy associated with the music, but they failed.” “Evil did not win”, claims the singer, who claims that she has “forgiven” the “miserable souls who did these deeds”.

“I pray for them and their souls, that the light of our Lord may shine upon them,” says Jesse Hughes, a devout Christian, before concluding with the words of singer Ozzy Osbourne: “You can not kill rock’n ‘roll. (‘you can not kill rock’n’roll’).

When Bataclan reopened in 2016, concert hall management indicated that the singer, a supporter of former US President Donald Trump and pro-guns, was no longer welcome there because of his controversial comments.

In various interviews in the first half of 2016, Jesse Hughes had considered that the room security agents were collaborators with the jihadists and claimed that “he had seen Muslims celebrating in the streets during the attack, in real time”.

“There are things we do not forgive,” said Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos.

Before Jesse Hughes, Eden Galindo, 52, also dressed in black, had confessed the joy that came from the concert before the attack: “It was a great concert, everything was going well, everyone was dancing.”

And then comes the “hit” of bullets. He initially thinks of a voice problem before seeing Jesse Hughes running towards him. “People are shooting … We ran … We thought it would stop, but it went on.”

“After all this, it was very difficult to do things normally. “I felt like I was broken,” says the guitarist upside down. “I will not be the same anymore.”

Eden Galindo wants to say a word about the families of the victims. “I think about them every day and I pray for them.”

Leaving the courtroom, Jesse Hughes embraces several civilian parties. Some cry. Jesse Hughes too.

Behind them, about twenty Bataclan survivors recounted their traumatic experience and their ongoing suffering more than six years after the attacks that killed a total of 130 people in Paris and Saint-Denis, on the outskirts.

Civil hearings are due to continue until Friday. The decision is expected on June 29.

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