“I didn’t want to see the concert, I just wanted to see the open room,” said the singer Jesse Hughes to the press, at the mairie of the Eleventh arrondissement of Paris. “I never have tried to enter in concert“, he insisted, responding to the co-director of the room, Jules Frutos. This last was said Saturday evening have banned access to two members of the group, including Jesse Hughes, as well as their manager, because of the statements polemics of the singer. “There are things that we don’t forgive”, had settled the co-director of the Bataclan, in particular reference to the suspicions voiced by Jesse Hughes against security guards at the Bataclan.
Sunday morning, in a statement to u.s. magazine Billboard, the manager of the Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Pollack, had firmly denied that the two members of the group have been turned back on Saturday : “Jesse has not even tried to enter the room for the concert of Sting”, he said. The information is “false”, “no comment,” he told AFP.
The relations between the direction of the Bataclan and the american group, playing in the hall on the night of the attack, has worsened since one year. In march 2016, Jesse Hughes had estimated that the attack had been prepared in the interior of the concert hall, expressing suspicion against the vigils. Then the guitarist had provided : innuendo “that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan has played a role in the events of November 13, are unfounded and without any basis, and I assume full responsibility.” Following these statements, two festivals in france had canceled the concerts of the group planned this summer.
The american rock group attended Sunday morning to pay tribute to the people killed or injured in the Bataclan during the attacks on 13 November. Behind glasses sunglasses, red, Jesse Hughes attended the ceremony, a few meters from the families of the victims. He and the other members of the group were collected and quiet during the ceremony.
Following the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the 90 people killed in the theater a year ago to the day, the musicians, who were greeted by Francois Hollande and Manuel Valls, stayed for a time among the crowd. They “clasped in the arms of each of the victims’ present for the tribute, told the AFP Thierry, who attended their concert at the Bataclan on the evening of 13 November 2015, but was not injured. “The group was moved (…) they laid a wreath of flowers,” he said.