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Eagles Of Death Metal Booted From French Festivals For Jesse Hughes’ Controversial Statements


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Eagles Of Death Metal have been dropped from two French festivals in response to recent statements their frontman Jesse Hughes has made regarding the terrorist attacks that took place at the band’s November 13th, 2015 show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France. Previously Hughes had alleged, and then apologized, for insinuating that members of the venues security team were in on the attacks, in which armed terrorists stormed the venue during the bands set killing nearly a 100 people in the process.

Hughes‘ controversial take on the events and his opinions on the matter have continued in recent press interviews, including this conversation, in which Hughes not only shares some gory details of the harrowing ordeal, but also continues to voice opinions that it was an inside job. During the conversation Hughes replied to the suggestion that it was an inside job:

“I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?”

He later continued:

“The media wants to summarize it, and important details get lost. The most important detail being when they started shooting, they were already inside. If they were hanging out enough to let three people go, then they knew security dudes. They knew bouncers. They knew doormen.”

He later added:

“…Look, security guards backstage are notorious for being dicks. They check your ID every few minutes and nobody goes back and forth without being checked, even if you’re in the band. This guy didn’t care what we did. He didn’t even look at me.

The only time he seemed remotely interested in us was when he said to my girlfriend, “Do you speak French?” and “Where are you from?” She said she was from Texas and he was getting frustrated because that’s not what he meant. Then she said, “I’m American” and he lost interest. I honestly think he was trying to determine if she was Arab or not. She’s Mexican and she could easily pass for Lebanese and I think he was going to warn her if she was Muslim.

I kept opening up the back door to smoke and that’s usually a big no-no because of the sound ordinances. I’ve played there before and opening up that door to smoke got you in big trouble. This time, the security guy walks right past me and anxiously looks down the alleyway in either direction.”

The conversation also steers towards what Hughes describes as a liberal mentality “weakening” the populace, a somewhat ugly mention of “Arab envy”, Islamophobia and more. Hughes further goes on to reveal that he was interrogated for four days in the wake of the incident by authorities and that he also suffered some rather gruesome injuries:

“I had pieces of teeth and human bone pulled out of my face. A girl got shot right next to me by the shooter at the top of the stairs who I had met earlier. She stepped one step in front of me and her head just exploded. It blew pieces of her teeth and skull into my face.”

You can further read up on that over at Takimag.com. In the wake of his comments, both the ‘Rock en Seine‘ and ‘Cabaret Vert‘ festivals in France have ejected the band from the bill, issuing the following joint statement:

“Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations given in an itw with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding.”

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