Eagles of Death Metal Discuss the Paris Attacks in a Heartbreaking Interview

November 26th 2015

Diana Crandall

On Friday, Nov. 13, horrific terrorist attacks across Paris left more than 120 people dead and many more are critically injured. 

A concert hall, Le Bataclan, was the site of one of the attacks, where 89 people were killed. The Southern California rock band playing in the Bataclan the night of the attacks spoke out for the first time in an interview with VICE.

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Eagles of Death Metal (EODM) spoke with Shane Smith, co-founder of VICE at their Los Angeles office, in a 26-minute video released today. The band members give excruciating details about what it was like when the shooting broke out, how they are healing, and what they plan to do for the future of EODM. 

EODM talks to VICE

The night of the attack onstage.

“At first, I thought it was the PA cracking up, and then I realized real quick that it wasn’t. And I recognized what it was. At that time, Jesse (the lead singer), he ran towards me, and we went in the corner of the stage,” Eden Galindo, the guitarist of the band, told Smith. “We weren’t sure if they were targeting us, or what was going on.”

Some of the band members were able to quickly run across the stage and exit the venue right as the shooting began. 

EODM talks to VICE

Julian Dorio, the drummer of EODM, says he knew from the initial shots that something was wrong. He hid behind his drumset and crawled across the stage.

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“The gunpowder hit my nose,” Dorio explained. “I saw two guys out front—and that might just be the most awful thing ever, is them just relentlessly shooting into the audience—that’s when I started crawling. I basically stayed on my chin, crawling to the right side of the stage.”

Dorio ran out of the side door with some of the other band members.

Other band members, like bassist Matt McJunkins, were not able to get across the stage in time.

“From my perspective, I see the shooting, I see the pops go off, the lights flashing…just [had] to make that decision, do I really want to run across the stage, or do I want to just go in this room, and hope for the best?” McJunkins said. “So I went in the room with a bunch of people.”

The band members who were able to escape headed to the police station. Many of them weren’t sure what was going on, because news hadn’t broken yet. They made contact with co-founder Joshua Homme, who was back in America.

What things were like back home.

Homme received disjointed texts from band members saying, “Everyone got shot. They took hostages. I’ve got blood all over me.”

“You’re getting texts, you’re hearing things, it’s on the news," Smith asked Homme. "What happens? How do you even deal with that?"

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“I went immediately to our office to get started on anything—everything— that could be done to—anything you do if you’re not there, to bring them home,” Homme said, visibly emotional.

Co-founder and vocalist Jesse Hughes echoed Homme’s emotion.

“I felt so guilty, in a way that—I left Matt on the stage, and maybe Davey too, and I really needed them to have gotten off the stage, because I didn’t see what happened when we got off,” Hughes said, his voice breaking.

“Joshua wouldn’t let me think about that,” Hughes said. 

People in Paris fought to help each other.

“The one thing that all the guys in the band kept sharing was a shared heroism, that people came out of their homes to help,” Homme said. “The fans that were in there, even when injured, were attempting to help each other and the band.”

EODM lost Nick Alexander, their Merchandise Manager, in the attack. They say Alexander died fighting to protect a friend of his.


“He stayed quiet and he never called for help until he bled out, he didn’t want anyone else to get hurt, I mean…” Hughes trailed off, his voice breaking again. “A great reason why so many were killed was because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. And so many people put themselves in front of people.”

Homme acknowledged that EODM has a podium that they are speaking from, and they are representing more than just their band.


“We represent the fans that did not make it," Homme said. "The people that did not make it. Whose stories who may never get told.” When asked what he would say to the victim’s parents, he said:

“I sort of want to get down on my knees and just say, ‘Whatever you need.’ Because there’s nothing I can really say, because words just fail to grasp the thing. And that’s okay too. It’s okay that there aren’t words for that. Maybe there shouldn’t be.” 

The future of the band.

EODM talks to VICE

Hughes and Homme said that EODM is definitely going to finish their tour—and not for political reasons.

“We’re going to recruit people to be part of life, to be citizens of the Earth,” Homme said. “We have a chance to come together. It’s going to take a long time for anyone to know what to do and what happened, and there is no why for this.”


The band also invited other artists to cover their song “I Love You All The Time,” and EODM will donate the publishing royalties to the victims of the families. 

They also called out to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and whoever else delivers music to donate proceeds from any recording of that song. They also invited any victim needing support to reach out to them.

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Hughes said that he can’t wait to get back to Paris.

“I cannot wait to play. I want to come back. I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up,” Hughes said. “Because I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went to see rock and roll there and died. I’m going to go back there and live.” 

Watch the full interview below: