UPDATE: Contrary to media reports stating a member of Eagles of Death Metal was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, a representative for the group tells Rolling Stone that there were no fatalities within the band.
Eagles of Death Metal are assessing the situation following a mass shooting that took place at their concert at Paris’ Bataclan Friday night. “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” the group wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Earlier in the evening, the mother and wife of drummer Julian Dorio both told The Washington Post that he’d told them the group had made it out of the venue. “He called to say that he loved me and he was safe,” wife Emily said. “Everyone on stage was able to get off.” Mother Mary Lou reported similar news to the paper, claiming that the fates of several crew members was unclear. Julian was at a local police station, she said at around 6 p.m. EST.
Dave Catching, who play guitar with Eagles of Death Metal, is apparently safe, according to a tweet by California band Mojave Lords. “David Catching is safe and sound according to EODM management. Thanks for your concern. We are still awaiting confirmation re some crew.” Puscifer, whose bassist Matt McJunkins also plays bass for Eagles of Death, wrote on Twitter that McJunkins is also safe.
French group Red Lemons posted to Facebook (via BrooklynVegan) that the members of Eagles of Death Metal were safe and not hostages. They added, “Mikel Ross, Eric McFadden, we were with your mates Jesse, [Hughes’ partner] Tuesday [Cross], the other musicians outside, they’re safe too, they took a cab.”
A friend of opening band White Miles posted on that group’s Facebook page that the group was OK. “Just heard from the band and they’re safe,” Ben Gazey wrote.
Eagles of Death Metal were reportedly onstage when attackers burst into the venue and opened fire on the audience. At least 15 people have died at the club, according to The Associated Press. The New York Times reported that a witness told French television that someone shouted “Allahu Akbar,” “God is greatest,” as the shooting occurred. The attackers took as many as 100 people hostage, and police have reportedly stormed Bataclan.
This is a breaking story and more news will be added to this article as it develops.