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Eagles of Death Metal playing Paris tonight; Jesse Hughes speaks out against gun control (updated tour dates)

Jesse Hughes

Eagles of Death Metal are returning to Paris tonight (2/16) to “complete” their show at Le Bataclan that was a site of the Paris terror attacks. They’ll be playing at the Olympic Theatre and surviving attendees of the Bataclan show will be in attendance. EODM frontman Jesse Hughes has addressed the importance of the concert in various interviews on French TV.:

“I don’t want to let anybody down,” Mr. Hughes said on Monday on the French television channel i-Télé. “For me, I can’t let the bad guys win.”

Breaking into tears during a separate interview, for the channel Canal+, he said: “Paris isn’t just a show. It is not a rock show; it is a lot bigger than that. It has a much bigger purpose than just entertaining this time around.” (via the New York Times)

Hughes, who has always had a right-wing political bent and supports Donald Trump, has also been has also touched on gun control in these interviews (he’s against it), feeling that if some people in the audience had guns the Bataclan attack would have gone differently:

“Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? And 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 head-first into the face of death with their firearms.

“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal,” he said. “And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them. (via The Guardian)

In any case, good to see that EODM are helping to provide some healing for some of the victims, and they’ve been remarkably consistent in stepping up in the wake of the awful events. They’re currently in the midst of a European tour, after which they’ll head to South America and then North America, including NYC for Governor’s Ball in June.

Check out tour dates and video of Hughes’ interview with French TV below…

Eagles of Death Metal — 2016 Tour Dates
2/16/2016 Olympia Paris, FR
2/18/2016 Tonhalle – Kultfabrik Munich, DE
2/19/2016 Tvornica Kulture Zagreb, HR
2/20/2016 Akvárium Klub Budapest, HU
2/22/2016 Arena Vienna, AT
2/23/2016 Komplex Zurich, CH
2/25/2016 Forest National Brussels, BE
2/27/2016 New Age Club Treviso, IT
2/28/2016 Hiroshima Mon Amour Turin, IT
2/29/2016 Orion Rome, IT
3/2/2016 La Paloma Nimes, FR
3/3/2016 Apolo Barcelona, ES
3/4/2016 Joy Eslava Madrid, ES
3/5/2016 Coliseum Lisbon, PT
3/7/2016 Le Splendid Lille, FR
3/9/2016 Armando Music Hall Bogota, CO
3/12/2016 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo, BR
3/15/2016 Cine Joia São Paulo, BR
3/18/2016 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires, AR
3/19/2016 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago, CL
3/22/2016 Powerstation Auckland, NZ
3/25/2016 The Croxton Melbourne, AU
3/26/2016 Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Byron Bay NSW, AU
3/27/2016 Metro Theatre Sydney, AU
3/29/2016 Metropolis – Fremantle Fremantle, AU
4/26/2016 PNE Forum Vancouver, Canada
4/28/2016 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, Canada
4/29/2016 Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Calgary, Canada
4/30/2016 O’Brians Event Centre Saskatoon, Canada
5/1/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, Canada
5/4/2016 London Music Hall London, Canada
5/5/2016 Métropolis Montreal, Canada
5/6/2016 Hamilton Convention Centre Hamilton, Canada
5/8/2016 L ‘Imperial Bell Quebec, Canada
5/10/2016 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
5/11/2016 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
5/13/2016 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
5/15/2016 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
6/3/2016 The Governors Ball – Randall’s Island New York, NY
8/9/2016 Mega Club Katowice, PL
8/11/2016 Amager Bio Copenhagen, DK
8/12/2016 Oya Festival Oslo, NO
8/15/2016 Aladin Bremen, DE
8/16/2016 Live Music Hall Cologne, DE
8/21/2016 Lowlands Biddinghuizen, NL

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