Paris – Eagles of Death Metal returned to finish the concert they had started three months ago when Islamic militants interrupted their performance, killing 89 of their followers on the tragic day that ruled Paris. The concert took place in a very security-controlled area at the Olympia concert hall, one of the oldest is the country.
It was a very regular rock show, as the band’s frontman, Jesse Hughes, promised before. The band did not do any direct reference to the terrorist attack but the show was full of symbolic gestures, according to ABC.
“Rock and roll for me has always been fun and I am not going to let anyone take that away from me or my friends,” said Hughes referring to their fans.
There were at least 30 psychologist wearing badges to help any attendant to overcome fears or stressful situations the concern could bring. The band also offered free tickets, which have sold out hours after their announcement, to the survivors from the past November’s attack in the Bataclan.
Hughes addressed to the return as a “kind of therapy” for him and for the people who attended the previous concert. A moment of silence was asked and an object with the blue, red and white colors was shown during the performance.
Fans described the concert as perfect and commented that the band did not leave any time for sadness. It was good to forget for just a moment, said Floriane Schost, a concertgoer who lost a close friend in the Paris attacks.
A moment of fear and trauma
The moment the shots begun at the concert Hughes knew they were in trouble, and that it was all bad, he said later recalling the night. As he ran around backstage trying to find his girlfriend and bandmates he had an encounter with a gunman.
The gunman had him on sight, but the gun was too big and he was not able to fit it through the doorway. This was the reason as why he survived the attacks. He said that watching his fans gunned down in cold blood in front of him was the most terrible thing he has ever seen and he thinks he will see, according to CNN.