Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes has responded to the Manchester attack to a Ariana Grande concert on Monday 22 dead and more than 50 wounded.
“My prayers and deepest sympathies are with Ariana Grande, her band, crew, fans and families,” Hughes wrote in a statement sent to Fox News. “With so much still unknown, I hope that we resist the temptation to speculate and jump to conclusions. I have learned, if we have love in our heart, no darkness can ever prevail against the light.”
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The California-based rock band has previously experienced tragedy first-hand. On Nov. 13, 2015, the group was performing at the Bataclan music hall in Paris was the target of terrorists.
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In a series of attacks that night, 130 people died, including 89 at the concert. The members of the band escaped the room unharmed.
Hughes, who returned to Paris in 2016, said at the time that he felt a “sacred” responsibility for the finishing of the show that was interrupted by gunfire.
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“There is already just such an outpouring of support for us and love for us,” said the 44-year-old frontman to iTELE ‘ s Laurence Ferrari in February 2016. “It’s overwhelming. I just don’t want to let anyone down. This show I’m supposed to put as a barrier against something that is not fun and that we basically just have to have fun there tomorrow. I think that’s what we really need to do is just have fun together, so we can some of this (expletive) behind us, and really to sit, so it doesn’t follow us around for the rest of our lives.”
Asked whether the trauma that he and others experienced has changed his views on gun control, Hughes, co-founder of the band, said that he believes that everyone should be enabled.
“I think that the only way that my mind has changed is that maybe no one has guns everyone has them. Because I never want to see anything like this ever happens again and I want everyone to have the best chance to live and I saw people die that maybe could have lived,” he said.
“I wish I knew for sure that if they could have had a better chance, because there were a couple of real angels, really wonderful people who show that life is not today and I really wish they were.”
HBO unveiled a documentary in February 2017 directed by Colin Hanks, son of Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, entitled “The Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis,” which investigated the aftershocks of the terrorist attack and the band will return to the Paris stage three months later.
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Eagles of Death Metal have different shows prepared in Canada and the United States until June 2017. She recently completed the spring of 2017 tour, which concluded in Austin on May 20.