The Bataclan concert hall in Paris has reopened it’s doors on the eve of the first anniversary of the terror attack that claimed 90 innocent lives. Sting performed a charity set in remembrance of those that died, with the night’s proceeds going towards charities that benefit the victims and their families. There have been reports that Jesse Hughes, frontman of Eagles of Death Metal who performed at the venue on the night of the attack, was denied entry. This is due to the controversial claims he made about the security staff being involved in co-ordinating the attack.
The Eagles of Death Metal have been removed from the line-up of two French festivals after the frontman’s controversial comments about last November’s attacks in Paris. Following the terrorist attack at the band’s performance, frontman Jesse Hughes has claimed that the attack would not have happened if the French public were allowed to carry firearms and that members of the security team at the Bataclan Concert Hall were involved with the attacks. Understandably his ridiculous claims have not been well received and have resulted in the band being removed from the line-up of both the Rock En Seine and Cabaret Vert festivals.
An Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan Concert Hall was one of the targets of a number of simultaneous attacks across Paris. Reports state that 8 gunmen took members of the crowd hostage and killed without hesitation. Explosions and mass shootings have thought to have occurred with the death toll currently at least 100 people. The band themselves have apparently escaped the carnage. Though the concert seems to be at the epicentre, there have been reports of similar attacks at restaurants, bars and the Stade de France football stadium. The nation has declared a state of emergency and has closed it’s borders.
Our thoughts go out to the people of Paris and updates on the situation will be posted as it develops
Edit: The death toll has risen to 120. 200 people are injured, 80 of them seriously. Eight attackers have died, seven of which by explosive suicide belts.