Update: Eagles of Death Metal Manager Confirms Band Members Are Safe
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes
[Update at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14: Multiple sources have confirmed that Eagles of Death Metal's merch manager, Nick Alexander, was among those killed in the attack at Le Bataclan. More details here.]
As we reported earlier, one of the targets of today's terrorist attacks in Paris was Le Bataclan, a concert venue where Palm Desert-based band Eagles of Death Metal had just performed. At first, it was unclear whether any members of the band were among the 100-plus hostages taken at the theater by a group of six to eight attackers. But according to various sources since, at least some of the band members were already outside the theater when the attack began, although not all band members or crew have been accounted for.
An update posted around 3:45 p.m. Pacific time on Eagles of Death Metal's Facebook page reads: "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."
Brooklyn Vegan reports that the French band Red Lemons posted a Facebook update confirming that EODM frontman Jesse Hughes, his partner, Tuesday Cross, and other band members had already finished playing and were outside La Bataclan when the attack began. "They're safe too, they took a cab," read the post. The Washington Post reports that the mother of EODM's drummer, Julian Dorio, also confirmed that her son was safe, although she noted that some of the band's crew members were unaccounted for.
Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme, who appears on Eagles of Death Metal's studio albums, was not with the band in Paris, Consequence of Sound confirms.
The website MySanAntonio.com quotes Jimmy Ford from the band Dinola as saying the EODM guitarist Dave Catching and at least one other band member were still inside and "hiding in the building somewhere" when the attack began, but no other outlets have confirmed this information.
According to various reports, as many as 15 of the hostages inside the theater have been killed.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
[Update at 4:29 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13: Associated Press is reporting that there may be as many as 100 dead at Le Bataclan Theater. Police have stormed the theater and killed at least of the attackers.]
[Update at 4:45 p.m.: According to L.A. Weekly writer Lina Lecaro, Eagles of Death Metal guitarist Eden Galindo has confirmed that all band members are safe and accounted for. It is still not clear whether all crew members are safe. Local musician and friend of the band Dan Cleary has also stated via Twitter than all EODM members are safe.]
[Update at 4:58 p.m.: According an ABC News report, Eagles of Death Metal were mid-set when gunfire broke out at Le Bataclan. The band "hit the deck," according a man identified as Julian Dorio's brother Michael. Michael Dorio also gave an on-air phone interview to CNN's Anderson Cooper.]
[Update at 5:15 p.m.: After this article was first posted, several sources confirmed that all Eagles of Death Metal band members are safe and unharmed. One of those sources, drummer Julian Dorio's wife Emily, told the Washington Post that Dorio called to let her know that "everyone on stage was able to get off." See the end of the article for further updates.]
[Update at 5:36 p.m.: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that at least two EODM crew members are still unaccounted for.]
[Update at 6:29 p.m.: NBC News is reporting that one member of Eagles of Death Metal was killed at the attack on Le Bataclan Theater. No name has been released and because this conflicts with earlier reports that all band members were safe, it is unclear whether the victim was part of the band or their road crew. We will have more information as soon as it's available.]
[Update at 7:46 p.m.: NBC News has now retracted its earlier report that a member of Eagles of Death Metal was killed in the attack. The band's manager has told NBC News that all EODM members escaped the theater before hostages were taken and are safe. The status of at least two of the band's crew members remains unclear.]
[Update at 8:57 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14: An official from the U.S. Justice Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, has told the Associated Press that all members of the band are safe.]
[Update at 1:53 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15: The French news agency AFP is reporting that Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour and will return home to the States. The report did not mention exactly when the band will be leaving France.]
[Update at 7:52 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16: Billboard reports that among the other victims at Le Bataclan were Thomas Ayad, a product manager for EODM's French label, Mercury Records, and William B. Decherf, a French music journalist. The death toll at the concert venue is now believed to be 89.]
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