Eagles Of Death Metal Returned Paris For Concert Last Night
Eagles of Death Metal performed Tuesday night in Paris for their first time since the November 13, 2015 terrorist attack that targeted their show at the Bataclan Concert Hall. "Bonsoir Paris, we're ready for this!" frontman Jesse Hughes told the crowd at the Olympia concert hall as the band took the stage, according to the Associated Press.
The concert saw armed police guards at the venue's entrances and concertgoers went through three bag and body searchers before entering and the city remains on alert in the wake of the deadly November attacks.
While this is their first show in the city following the attacks, it isn't their first return to the City of Lights and in December, members of the band appeared on-stage with the Irish rock band U2 to play a cover of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power." The members of U2 then stepped aside to let Eagles of Death Metal play one of their own songs "I Love You All the Time."
While in Paris, Hughes used an interview with a journalist from iTélé to express his views on gun control. An gun rights advocate, Hughes took issue with France's strict gun laws which he noted did not prevent the November attackers from obtaining firearms.
"Gun control kind of doesn't have anything to do with it." But he then added: "Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan? 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," Hughes told iTélé.
"I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. 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 don't want to see anything like this ever happen again, and I want everyone to have the best chance to live. I saw people die that maybe could have lived. I don't know, but I wish I knew for sure that if they could have had a better chance, because there were some real angels, real wonderful people at that show," Hughes continued.