The band that was on stage at Paris' Bataclan when it was attacked on Nov. 13 has given its first emotional interview on what happened that night. Vice founder Shane Smith opens the video, released late Wednesday, by explaining that Eagles of Death Metal has worked with Vice "many times," and that the band agreed to open up at Vice's LA office. "At first I thought it was the PA cracking up," says guitarist Eden Galindo in the 26-minute video, "and then I realized real quick that it wasn't." He says some band members ran off the stage while one of the gunman was reloading. The others go on to share their memories of crawling across the stage, and waiting for similar moments to flee. Ultimately 89 people died at the venue.
But as much as looking back, they looked forward. "I pledge to every person who loves rock and roll, join me, and I may be scared, and maybe I went through some bad shit, but I'm breathing," says co-founder Jesse Hughes. "I have a house that is paid for because rock and roll has blessed me. ... I'm not going to walk around acting like it sucks. My grandmother and my mother raised me to never give a shit what an asshole thinks. If Adolf Hitler hates you, that's awesome. You want everyone to know that asshole hates you. ... I cannot wait to get back to Paris. ... I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up. I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I'm going to go back there and live."