Eagles Of Death Metal drummer vows to finish Bataclan gig in Paris


Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio has vowed to finish their Paris gig, saying he is "counting down the days" until they can do so.

Dorio was performing with the band at the Bataclan theatre in Paris on November 13, where 89 people, including their merchandise manager Nick Alexander and three record company employees, were killed when terrorists attacked.

The musician and his bandmates, including frontman Jesse Hughes, escaped via a backstage exit.

The drummer posted a photograph of him lighting a candle at Notre Dame Cathedral on Instagram, writing: "November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred.

"Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families."

Dorio - who said he is "forever changed" by the incident - reassured fans he is "home safe", and thanked the people who helped him on that night.

A total of 130 people were killed during the attacks.

"To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes," he continued.

"Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us."

The drummer added: "I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love. #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm"

Hughes has also opened up about the November 13 attacks, revealing how someone kept safe under his jacket.

"Several people hid in our dressing room," he told Vice.com. "And the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them - except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket."

Hughes said: "People were playing dead, and they were so scared. A great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."

The band pulled all remaining tour dates following the events in Paris, and released a statement on November 18 in which they described themselves as "horrified" and the experience as an "unimaginable ordeal".

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