French Festivals Drop Eagles Of Death Metal Because Of Frontman’s Terrorism Comments

Eagles Of Death Metal have been dropped from two French music festivals following frontman Jesse Hughes’ comments to right-wing magazine Taki’s about how he saw “terrorists” at the Bataclan music venue before the show and later saw “Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack.” (In March, he accused Bataclan security of being in on the Paris attacks, and also suggested that it could have been prevented if there were more guns on the premises.) Paris’ Rock en Seine and northern France’s Cabaret Vert issued a statement about the cancellation, saying that they are “in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations.”

Eagles Of Death Metal’s concert is cancelled
Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hugues’ recent allegations given in an itw with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding.


Here’s a relevant excerpt from the interview:

They were in the venue early. That implies some staff were in on it.
I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?

We’d rather die than be called a bigot.
How is a faith being associated with racism? Just take out the word “Islam” and replace it with “communism.” It’s an ideology. The same way the Rosenbergs could sell nuclear secrets from within America is the same way Muslim terrorists can attack us from within. It’s okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age.

Eagles Of Death Metal returned to Paris in February to finish the concert that was interrupted by the attacks.