Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes said “until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them” in an emotional interview Monday on French television. The band is set for their first full concert in Paris since the November 13 terror attacks claimed 89 lives at their last show.
“Did French gun control stop a single f***ing person from dying at the Bataclan? I know people will disagree, but it seems like God made men and women and that night guns made them equal,” Hughes said.
The Bataclan, Paris, in the wake of the November 13 terror attacks.
“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,” the frontman added.
Hughes is an NRA member who has voiced support for Donald Trump. Yet he said it was “absurd” for Trump to claim he would have fought off the attackers if he had been there with a gun. When asked if France’s strict gun control actually caused the attack, Hughes said it “kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it,” but added “I saw people die that maybe could have lived.”
I vociferously disagree with Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes on #guns, but the guy gets a pass in terms of ad hominem attacks, eh?
This concert “is therapy for me. I am scared. I am really scared. When I’m awake is when I see things that are nightmares. I hope I can walk out on that stage and be stronger than I am being right now,” the singer said tearfully. He said he would love to greet survivors coming to see the show. “The line outside must feel the same safety that we feel. I am tempted to walk that thing until it is gone.” He said it was his “sacred responsibility” to finish the show and complete the tour. “I can’t let the bad guys win.”
The band has offered the survivors of November’s show free tickets. They met around 60 of them on Monday. Life for Paris, a group representing 500 survivors, said many would only decide whether to attend at the last minute. Guillaume Munier, 29, survived by hiding in a toilet. She said “I’m going to go to the Olympia, but I really don’t know if I’ll be able to go inside.”
A team of 30 volunteer counselors and psychologists will be on hand. Some have raised concerns that a similar venue with the same band, music, and atmoshpere might trigger a collective panic if survivors relive their trauma.
(U2’s Bono introduces Eagles of Death Metal for a brief appearance in Paris last December. Their first full concert since the terror attacks is scheduled for Tuesday.)
The concert takes place Tuesday night at the Olympia. Band co-founder and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme will join Eagles of Death Metal onstage. Hughes said he just wants “a regular rock show.”
Security will be tight with the surrounding area locked down by police.
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