PALM DESERT (CBSLA.com) — A Palm Desert rock band was performing at a concert hall in Paris, France when gunmen stormed in and took dozens of hostages in one of six terror attacks across the French city, leaving more than 140 people dead Friday.
But all members of Eagles of Death Metal escaped unharmed, according to the band’s family members. The group took the stage Friday night at Le Bataclan for a sold-out show as part of their European tour to promote their latest album.
French media reported at least 100 people at the concert are dead. Police later stormed the theater , and three attackers were reported dead also.
Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme of the platinum-selling band Queens of the Stone Age. According to the CBS station in Palm Springs, Homme was not part of the quintet touring European cities in support of the CD, “Zipper Down.”
The brother of the band’s drummer, Julian Dorio, told CNN his brother is ok. “Basically, he had been performing and heard the gunshots. The whole band heard the gunshots and stopped playing, hit the deck, and kind of went backstage and exited,” said Michael Dorio.
Their mother, Mary Lou Dorio, told the Washington Post: “It was awful,” She said her son called his wife from a police station.
The band posted on its Facebook page: “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Hours later, Hughes’ brother, David Ian Hughes, posted on Facebook saying: “Jesse Hughes is ok. I spoke to him about an hour ago. The band is ok too. I hold out hope that as many people as possible make it out ok, as well.”
Bass player Matt Mcjunkins, who went to Palm Springs High School, posted a now-chilling picture of the stage at the concert hall just moments before the band went on.
A Twitter posting by the opening band, Red Lemons, also said all the Eagles of Death Metal band members had escaped the venue unharmed.
But not the niece of a chef at Si Bon Bar, a French restaurant in Rancho Mirage; she was inside the concert hall when terror reigned.
“Right away, my wife called her sister. And the sister was extremely panicky, tried to reach her. We can’t reach her,” said Philippe Caupain, the victim’s uncle.
Caupain later learned his niece, Armandine, was shot in the arm and leg but will be ok.