Saturday 24 August 2019

Fan survived Bataclan by hiding under my jacket, says singer

Helen Horton

The Eagles of Death Metal have spoken out about the horrors they faced at the Bataclan theatre in an emotional interview.

Jesse Hughes, the lead singer of the US band, told the website 'Vice' that fans hid in his dressing room after the initial slaughter but were found by the killers who then murdered them all - except for a 'kid' hiding under his leather jacket.

A total of 89 people were killed during the band's show at the Bataclan on November 13 when Islamist gunmen struck, firing indiscriminately at the crowd. More than 100 more were injured in the venue.

The lead singer told of how many people died because they refused to leave their friends.

People pay respect to the victims outside the Bataclan in Paris yesterday
People pay respect to the victims outside the Bataclan in Paris yesterday

He described the chaos after three terrorists burst into the Bataclan and opened fire on the crowd.

In the video on the Vice website, Hughes said: "Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.

"People were playing dead and they were so scared - a great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."

The quotes come from a one-minute clip of the interview, which 'Vice' will release in full next week.

One of those killed was Nick Alexander (36), from Colchester, England, who was selling merchandise for the band.

The band also lost three colleagues from their record label during the brutal siege in Paris.

Irish Independent

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