US Rock Band Was Playing at Hall Attacked in Paris

There are conflicting reports about the band's safety
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 6:22 PM CST
US Rock Band Playing Attacked Paris Venue
Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs at Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago. The band performed Friday at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where patrons were taken hostage.   (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)

Eagles of Death Metal, a rock band from Southern California, was playing a sold-out show at the Paris concert venue where unidentified attackers took and killed dozens of hostages Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The condition of the band's members and crew is unclear. Eagles of Death Metal were headlining at the Bataclan as shootings and explosions broke out around Paris. According to the AFP, approximately 100 people were killed inside the Bataclan. The band's Twitter account sent out the following message: "We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."

However the Washington Post reports it heard from a family member of a band member that the band was able to escape safely as the shooting started. But the fate of several Eagles of Death Metal crew members is unknown. According to Reuters, police stormed the Bataclan, killing two attackers. "It was carnage," Reuters quotes one survivor. There were at least six different attacks in Paris Friday, including at a bar and soccer stadium. (More Paris stories.)

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