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Eagles of Death Metal thrown out of Sting’s Bataclan concert

Jesse Hughes
Hughes angered venue owners by suggesting security staff were in on the attack. Photo: Facebook
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The Eagles of Death Metal, who performed at Bataclan concert hall the night 89 people were killed in a terrorist attack, have been thrown out of a concert to mark the venue’s reopening.

A year after the terrorist attack, two members of the band, including frontman Jesse Hughes, turned up to see Sting perform.

According to a report from Paris’ AFP, Hughes was turned away from the Bataclan by the venue’s co-director Jules Frutos.

“They came, I threw them out – there are things you can’t forgive,” Frutos told AFP.

Hughes has been heavily criticised for his reaction to the 2015 attacks, including an interview in which he said he saw “Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack”.

Policeman assists a blood-covered victim near the Bataclan concert hall. Photo: AAP

His anti-Muslim comments led to the band getting dropped from two music festivals in France.

During an interview on Fox Business News in March, Hughes insinuated that the Bataclan security was in on the attacks.

Hughes later apologised for making “unfounded and baseless” suggestions.

In a later interview he criticised France’s strict gun control policies.

“Did your French gun control stop a single f–ing person from dying at the Bataclan?” he asked.

“If anyone can answer ‘yes’, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so.”

Frutos said in September that the Eagles of Death Metal had not approached him to perform again at the Bataclan, but said he would have refused if they had asked.

“[Jesse Hughes] dared to make incredibly false declarations every two months,” Frutos said.

“A pure craziness, accusing the security staff to have been the terrorists’s accomplices… Enough. Zero. Period.”

Hughes and the band’s manager are in Paris this weekend to attend the national homage that will take place on Sunday for the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

The Bataclan’s slate of upcoming concerts include Pete Doherty, Youssou N’dour, Marianne Faithfull, Yael Naim and The Flaming Lips, among others.

With AAP

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