Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has repeatedly stated that the Bataclan’s security let the terrorists in. In response, the venue forcibly kicked out the band during their grand re-opening.
What really happened at the Bataclan last year? According to mainstream press reports, Muslim extremists crashed down the doors of the Bataclan last year while the Eagles of Death Metal performed. The guards never had a chance, and neither did the audience.
What resulted was the violent deaths of nearly 90 people, with scores of injuries. Survivors squirreled into hiding spots for hours; others were reportedly tortured.
But in the days and weeks after the harrowing massacre, EODM frontman Jesse Hughes offered another version. The guards let the terrorists in. They were in on the job and sympathizers to Islamic extremism.
“I threw them out…”
Now, steps by the management of the Bataclan are fueling allegations that they were in on the job. According to the club’s owner, the Eagles of Death Metal were forcibly tossed from the venue’s grand re-opening featuring Sting. “They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,” Bataclan owner Jules Frutos told Paris reporter Katy Lee.
The reopening was designed to be a peaceful return and a show of defiance. “Wow. Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes denied entry to Bataclan’s reopening show for his claim Muslim staff were involved in attack,” Lee tweeted. “Hughes and one other EODM member denied entry to the Bataclan, where Sting was playing to mark a year since the jihadist attack there.”
“Jesse never even tried entering the club…”
But wait: was Frutos even telling the truth? In comments to Billboard, EODM manager Marc Pollack denies that Bataclan version of events.
“This day is not about Jesse Hughes or Eagles of Death Metal. In fact, Jesse is in Paris to share in remembering the tragic events of a year ago with his friends, family and fans. This is about recalling the tragic loss of life that happened right in front of his eyes during his show, and this coward Jules Frutos feels the need to soil his own club’s reopening by spreading false tales to the press, and tainting a wonderful opportunity that could’ve been used to spread peace and love, to further spread mean spirited words of hate. Jesse never even tried entering the club for Sting’s show tonight.”
Separately, there are several reports that Hughes was seen outside the venue. The singer appeared in a vehicle with security, but it’s unclear what happened at the door.
Growing backlash against Eagles of Death Metal.
Earlier, Hughes faced major repercussions for his comments on the attacks. Both the Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert festivals nixed Eagles of Death Metal from their lineups. Other invitations may have also been nixed following comments like these: “I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack,” Hughes told Taki’s Magazine. “I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on?”
“There must have been coordination.”
Hughes, a surprisingly right wing voice politically, expressed support for Donald J. Trump.
More as this develops.