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U.S. band's musicians safe in Paris attack, crew member confirmed dead

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>All the musicians performing with the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal emerged unharmed from the lethal terror attack inside a Paris concert hall, but a member of their entourage was killed in the violence, relatives said on Saturday.

The band’s British merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was identified in a statement from his family as one of at least 89 people who died when gunmen stormed the Bataclan music hall in the midst of Friday night’s show.

“Nick died doing the job he loves and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world,” the family said. Alexander had worked the merchandise table for a number of bands touring Europe, including the Black Keys and the Disco, Rolling Stone magazine said.

The French news agency Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday that Eagles of Death Metal had decided to cut short its European tour and return home, quoting an unnamed official for the concert promoter Nous Productions.

But there was no official word from the band on the status of the remaining 21 stops on its tour, which had been slated to end on Dec. 10 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Bataclan was one of several sites around Paris targeted by gunmen and bombers on Friday in what French authorities have said was a coordinated assault that left at least 129 dead overall. Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Eagles of Death Metal were onstage performing when the attack at the Bataclan began. The group, which also goes by the acronym EODM, was formed in the late 1990s in the California city of Palm Desert by lifelong friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the group’s only two permanent members.

Hughes’ mother told Reuters Friday night her son was “very upset and shaken,” though unhurt, and that she understood that the rest of band were also safe. Homme was not on the group’s European tour.

Wayne Tong, father-in-law of guitarist Matt McJunkins, said his son-in-law was in protective custody afterward giving a statement to police while his passport was being cleared.

“He was one of the last ones to be found and released,” Tong told Reuters in a telephone interview from Oregon. Tong said the account was related to him by his daughter, McJunkins’ wife.

Tong said he was told that no member of the band was hurt.

Guitarist-vocalist Eden Galindo was reportedly safe, according to a Facebook post Friday night by an associate. Other media reported that drummer Julian Dorio was also unharmed.

The band’s music label, Universal Music Group, could not be reached by Reuters on Saturday, but the company told the New York Times no members of EODM were killed.

According to band lore, the group took its name from Homme’s joking description of the Polish band Vader as “the Eagles of Death Metal,” a reference he and Hughes ultimately adopted for their own musical collaboration that critics say is more in keeping with garage band rock than death metal rock.

A Paris concert scheduled for Saturday night by Irish band U2 was canceled due to the state of emergency across France, and the American rock band Foo Fighters canceled the rest of its European tour on Saturday. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl has played with Eagles of Death Metal.

It was not immediately clear when EODM’s members would be returning to the United States and whether they might resume their European tour. The band just released its fourth album, “Zipper Down,” in October.

The American band Deftones, which also had been scheduled to play at the Bataclan in the coming days, was reported by several news outlets to have decided to return to the United States.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Writing by Ben Klayman; Editing by Frank McGurty, Bernard Orr and David Gregorio)

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All members of California band in Paris attack are safe, relative says

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LOS ANGELES All members of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal escaped unharmed from the lethal terror attack inside a Paris concert hall where the group was performing when the violence began, a relative of one of the musicians said on Saturday.

But the Los Angeles Times, citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the situation, reported that one person who was working with the band was killed and another was shot in Friday night’s attack, which left least 87 young people dead.

The band was playing at the Bataclan music hall, one of several sites around Paris targeted by gunmen and bombers in what French authorities have said was a coordinated assault that left at least 129 dead overall. Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Wayne Tong, father-in-law of guitarist Matt McJunkins, said his son-in-law was in protective custody afterward giving a statement to police while his passport was being cleared.

“(McJunkins) was one of the last ones to be found and released,” Tong told Reuters in a telephone interview from Oregon. Tong said the account was related to him by his daughter, McJunkins’ wife.

While he did not have the names of all the others who were playing with McJunkins, Tong said he was told that no member of the band was hurt. The band’s music label, Universal Music Enterprises, could not be reached by Reuters on Saturday, but the company told the New York Times that all band members were reported safe.

Eagles of Death Metal were onstage performing when the attack began. The group, which also goes by the acronym EODM, was formed in the late 1990s in the California city of Palm Desert by lifelong friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the group’s only two permanent members.

Hughes’ mother told Reuters Friday night her son was “very upset and shaken,” though unhurt, and that her understanding was that the rest of the band was also safe. Homme was not on the group’s European tour, which was due to end in mid-December.

Guitarist-vocalist Eden Galindo was reportedly safe, according to a Facebook post Friday night by an associate. Other media reported that drummer Julian Dorio was also unharmed.

According to band lore, the group took its name from Homme’s joking description of the Polish band Vader as “the Eagles of Death Metal,” a reference he and Hughes ultimately adopted for their own musical collaboration that critics say is more in keeping with garage band rock than death metal rock.

Fans gathered at EODM’s website to show support for the band and France. The band’s Facebook page had been “liked” by nearly 409,000 people by midday Saturday.

Many online and on social media used the catch phrase “Peace, Love and Death Metal,” playing off the name of the band’s 2004 debut album.

Elisa Schillaci, a London resident posting on the band’s Facebook page, said the attackers “touched a sacred thing to me and to hundreds like me who found a safe place in music.”

Others who said they had escaped from the concert hall on Friday shared their feelings.

“I was there also with my wife and friends,” Paris resident Erwan Le Nagard posted on the band’s Facebook site. “We were very lucky to survive. I hope all the crew & band members are safe.”

Fellow artists also paid their respects.

“Thinking of you all, hoping everyone is indeed safe,” according to a post from staff of Alternative Tentacles Records on behalf of musician Jello Biafra, the former lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

A Paris concert scheduled for Saturday night by Irish band U2 was canceled due to the state of emergency across France, and the American rock band Foo Fighters canceled the rest of its European tour on Saturday. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl has played with Eagles of Death Metal.

It was not immediately clear when EODM’s members would be returning to the United States and whether they would resume their European tour. The band just released its fourth album, “Zipper Down,” in October.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Writing by Ben Klayman; Editing by Frank McGurty, Bernard Orr)


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California rock band was slated to play at attacked Paris venue

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LOS ANGELES The California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal was in the midst of a European tour following its fourth album release when the musicians found themselves caught up in a terror attack at the Paris concert hall where they were due to perform on Friday.

The concert hall was one of several entertainment sites around Paris that were targeted by gunmen and bombers, killing dozens of people in what President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.

It was not immediately clear whether the band had taken the stage before gunman stormed the Bataclan music hall in the French capital.

But early indications were that members of the band, which also goes by the acronym EODM, were safe. The band was formed in the late 1990s by lifelong friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the group’s only two permanent members.

The group’s U.S.-based publicist, Jennifer Ballantyne of Universal Music Enterprises, told Reuters by email that Homme – who is known for sitting out many of the group’s live shows because of multiple commitments to other projects – was not in Paris with the band on Friday.

She said that Hughes was “there”, without elaborating. But a Facebook post from members of the French band Red Lemons appeared to indicate Hughes, too, was safe, saying: “we were with your mates Jesse, Tuesday, the other musicians outside, they’re safe, too, they took a cab.”

The mention of “Jesse and Tuesday” presumably referred to Hughes and his fiancée, porn star Tuesday Cross.

Ballantyne said that another EODM member she identified as Eden Galino was reportedly safe and not inside the venue, citing a Facebook post by yet another associate that said: “Hey everyone. I just spoke with Eden. He is fine.”

A statement later posted on the band’s Facebook page attributed to EODM, said: “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.”

According to early reports, the Bataclan was believed to have been attacked by two or three gunmen, who were said to have shouted slogans condemning France’s role in Syria as they went through the concert hall shooting people.

The bloodshed comes about a month after the release of EODM’s fourth album, “Unzipped,” which was followed by the group’s appearance and performance on the late-night ABC television show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Homme and Hughes, both from the Southern California town of Palm Desert, met as teenagers. They perform with a wide range of other musicians who play under the EODM banner, both in the studio and in live concerts.

According to band lore, the group took its name from Homme’s joking description of the Polish band Vader as “the Eagles of Death Metal,” a reference he and Hughes ultimately adopted for their own musical collaboration that critics say is more in keeping with garage band rock than death metal rock.

(Editing by Ken Wills)


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