The Eagles of Death Metal, the California rock group that was performing in Paris at the Bataclan music hall on Friday when Islamic terrorists entered and slaughtered 89 people, will return to the United States and truncate their European tour, according to Agence France-Presse.
Although members of the band survived the assault, their British merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was murdered. Rolling Stone reported that Alexander had also worked the merchandise table for the Black Keys and the Disco as they toured Europe.
Eagles of Death Metal, which plays bluesy garage rock, comes from Palm Desert. According to AFP, the band’s lyrics and shows “are often known for lasciviousness, with the two men seeing themselves in the tradition of sex, drugs and rock and roll.”
The band’s European tour was scheduled to run through December 10, ending in Portugal. The next concert by the band had been scheduled for Saturday night in Tourcoing, followed by a concert in Brussels.
Another California band, The Deftones, was at the Bataclan concert hall when the assault occurred; they will be heading back to the United States.
Michael Dorio, the brother of Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio, told WSB-TV that the group had performed roughly six songs before gunfire erupted. He added, “It was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they hit the stage floor. As they got up to try to evacuate they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything in the venue.”
TMZ posted a short video of Julian Dorio ducking as the shots from terrorists rang out.