Last night EAGLES OF DEATH METAL returned to Paris for the first time since the horrible attacks at Le Bataclan from last November to perform at the Olympia. Although Jesse Hughes and the rest of the gang already joined U2 last December for a guest performance, this marks their first headliner show in the French capital since that fateful night. It became a highly emotional but powerful rock’n’roll show and even founding member Josh Homme, who usually doesn’t tour with the band, decided to join them for one night. ‘Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll!’ shouted Hughes in-between songs and he couldn’t be any more right.
Prior to the event Homme and Hughes were interviewed by French TV channel iTélé in which the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL singer also states why he is a supporter of more guns than actually less guns. The full quote below via Pitchfork gives a bit more insight in his thoughts which helps to explain his quite radical approach by the traumatic experiences of that night at the Bataclan:
Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up, I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it. Because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life, charging headfirst into the face of death, with their firearms. I know people will disagree with me, but it seems like God made men and women and that night guns made them equal. I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way my mind has been changed is maybe that until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them. Because I don’t want to ever see anything like this ever happen again. And I want everyone to have the best chance to live. I saw people die that maybe could’ve lived. I don’t know. But I wish I knew for sure if they could’ve had a better chance. Because there were some real angels, real wonderful people at that show that aren’t alive today. And I really wish they were.
Hughes’ opinion might be based on the quite extreme setting of the night which helps to understand them a bit better. Watch a few bootleg clips from the Paris performance right here.