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Eagles of Death Metal want to be first band to play Bataclan

Vocalist Jesse Hughes vows to finish their ill-fated gig in their first interview since gunmen killed 89 people in the concert hall

Eagles of Death Metal were the band headlining the gig at the Bataclan theatre the night of the Isis Paris attacks. The shooting at the venue claimed 89 lives – including, sadly, the band’s merch manager Nick Alexander and three record company employees. Touring dummer Julian Dorio and his bandmates escaped through a backstage exit.

You’d understand if someone in that position would never feel compelled to return to Europe again, let alone to Paris. But since, Dorio has posted a message on his Instagram pledging to finish the concert. “I’m counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love,” he wrote in the long post.

Now the band have had their first interview since the attacks and confirmed their wish: to be the first to play in the Bataclan upon its reopening

“I cannot wait to come back to Paris. I cannot wait to play,” lead singer Jesse Hughes told Vice. “I want to come back. I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up.” Watch the whole interview beloe.