Eagles of Death Metal, Bataclan Spar As Sting Concert Reopens Paris Attack Venue
Exactly one day shy of the one-year anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, the remodeled venue reopened tonight (Nov. 12) with a concert by Sting.
The former Police frontman began his performance in an appropriately somber fashion, asking the crowd to join him in a moment of silence in tribute to the fallen before playing the gentle anti-violence anthem "Fragile." "We have two tasks: to honor victims who lost their lives and to honor music and life," he told the sold-out crowd, which included many survivors from the 2015 massacre, in French.
Unfortunately, renewed controversy between the Bataclan and Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes also emerged tonight. The venue's co-director, Jules Frutos, claims Hughes attempted to attend the Sting show and was denied entry. Earlier this year, the singer suggested that some of the venue's security staff may have stayed home because they had previous knowledge of the attack, an accusation the venue labeled "grave" and "defamatory."
“They came, I threw them out—there are things you can't forgive,” Frutos 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.”
However, Hughes' management company tells Billboard the singer "never even tried entering the club for Sting's show." Their report also quotes eyewitness and inside sources stating Hughes was outside the club, but merely to observe the scene and not to try to attend the show. He is reportedly in Paris at the invitation of the city's Mayor to participate in events to commemorate the attack's anniversary.
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