Eagles Of Death Metal Were Not Denied Entry To The Bataclan

Billboard reported that AFP‘s report Eagles Of Death Metal members including frontmanJesse Hughes were ejected from or denied entry to the Bataclan for a Sting concert was false. In the AFP (Agence France Presse) Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos is quoted to have said: “They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,”

Of singer Jesse Hughes, Jules Frutos is quoted to have said:

“He makes these incredibly false declarations every two months. It is madness, accusing our security of being complicit with the terrorists… Enough. Zero. This has to stop,”

From Yahoo News via AFP:

Hughes, a rare right-wing rocker and supporter of US president-elect Donald Trump, has also said without evidence that Muslims were celebrating outside during the venue during the siege.

The Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan in Paris on November 13, 2015, when coordinated terror attacks took place at the venue and other social meeting places in Paris, ending with 130 fatalities, of which 90 were at the Bataclan .

France Prime Minister Manuel Valls has informed the BBC that France’s state of emergency is likely to be extended.

France President Francois Hollande has unveiled plaques in honour of the victims who lost their lives at the venue.

The Sting concert was in part to honour the victims and mark the reopening of the Bataclan venue, one year after the attacks. British musician Sting is quoted to have said in French:

“We’ve got two important things to do tonight,” he said in French. “First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue.”

A quote from the Billboard article by Ashley Iasimone & Shirley Halperin states that Jesse Hughes was invited to Paris by the mayor, Anne Hidalgo to commemorate the first anniversary after the attack:

Frutos is the Bataclan co-director who reportedly told a reporter, “They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,” according to AFP. Frutos’ criticism of Hughes relates to comments the Eagles of Death Metal frontman made insinuating that Bataclan’s security staff knew something terrible was going to happen that night in November 2015, claiming he heard several security guards did not show up for their shift. “He makes these incredibly false declarations every two months,” Frutos said. “It is madness, accusing our security of being complicit with the terrorists. Enough. Zero. This has to stop.”

So what really happened outside 50 Boulevard Voltaire? Hughes is indeed in Paris, at the invitation of the city’s mayor to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Paris attacks, sources confirm, with a plaque dedication ceremony, among other events, planned for Nov. 13. And he was seen outside the Bataclan in the car of a friend and with a security escort in tow. The Hollywood Reporter’s own Paris correspondent says safety precautions for the Sting concert made it nearly impossible to gain entry without a ticket and, according to an insider, Hughes was fully aware and had no intention of attending. But he did, in fact, stop by to take in the scene, talk to gathered fans and reflect on the events of Nov. 13, 2015. – Billboard

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Jesse Hughes at the Bataclan on December 6, 2015.

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