“Death was coming” – Bataclan band recalls Paris attack -Breaking
© Reuters. As they speak with the media at Paris’ courthouse, Jesse Hughes, a singer from the “Eagles of Death Metal”, and Eden Galindo, formerly a guitarist, during the Paris trial of November 2015 Paris attacks on the Ile de la Cite in Paris, France May
By Tangi Salaün
PARIS, (Reuters) – The Eagles of Death Metal, a U.S.-based rock group, were about halfway through their set in Paris when Islamist militants sprayed Paris’ Bataclan concert venue with gunfire. It cut down revellers. Jesse Hughes, frontman, recounted the incident before a French court Tuesday.
Eden Galindo was originally thinking that the sound system would explode. However, Hughes claimed that he immediately knew the location was under attack.
Hughes said that “being from California desert, I can hear the sound of gunshots,” Hughes admitted to the trial for Salah Abdeslam. He is believed to be the last surviving member in the murder squad that murdered 130 people on Nov. 13, 2015.
“I knew the coming of death,” he stated.
As the band was playing, the assailants broke through the main entrance of the music hall and started hurling automatic gunfire at the crowd.
Galindo explained to the court that although we thought it was over, it kept on coming. After a time, they reset and the technician said to us that if they do stop again, they will run.
Although the band managed to escape through a sidedoor, their tour manager was fatally shot.
The terrorists held hostages in the music hall for hours. It was a vicious assault that left 90 people dead.
Many survivors have told of playing dead, hiding in cabinets, and not knowing whether their loved ones were still alive. The survivors spoke out about the bullets that were in their bodies, and they also described having to cross over bodies as they fled.
Abdeslam (32 years old) is the sole defendant among twenty-two accused. He is charged with murder, attempted murder, and hostage taking. Abdeslam, 32, has denied all charges and will be tried before a jury of judges.
In February, he told court he had backtracked from exploding his explosive vest in the attack.
Hughes stated that six years later, he was still nervous about looking at crowds but that France helped him to find courage.
He stated, “Evil won’t win.” You can’t take out rock and roll.”