The band will play the Olympia Theatre in Paris on February 16th.
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has spoken about gun control in an emotional interview ahead of the band’s return to Paris. The American rock group were on stage at the Bataclan theatre in Paris on November 13th, when terrorists stormed the venue killing 89 people.
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has spoken about the events of November 13th.
Hughes, who has previously advocated gun ownership was asked if his views had changed following the experience. “Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan?” Hughes answered.
“And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.”
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
“Because I’ve never seen anyone that’s ever had one dead, and I want everyone to have access to them, and I saw people die that maybe could have lived, I don’t know.” The band will return to Paris tonight (February 16th) to play in the French capital for the first time since the terror attacks.
The band will play the Olympia venue and have given free invitations to survivors of the Bataclan attack. During the interview Hughes said he was still struggling to recover from the events of November 13th.
"I haven't had any nightmares, I've slept fine. But when I'm awake is when I see things that are nightmares," Hughes said. "And I thought that talking about it would make it easier … I thought that expelling it from inside of me would make me less like this, but it hasn’t.”
"There's really no frame of reference for this at all ... I just wish it would go away. We will play the concert] so that everyone can kind of leave some of this bad stuff behind and make more room in here for better stuff," he added, pointing towards his heart.