Eagles of Death Metal are speaking out for the first time about their Nov. 13 show at Le Bataclan in Paris where gunmen opened fire and killed 89 people.
Jesse Hughes and bandmate Joshua Homme sat down with VICE founder Shane Smith to talk about what happened during the attacks in an on-camera interview that will premiere next week. A preview of the interview was released Saturday.
“Several people hid in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket,” Hughes says in the preview.
“People were playing dead, and they were so scared. A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends,” he continues. “So many people put themselves in front of people.”
Though none of the band’s members were killed in the attack, their merchandise manager Nick Alexander, as well as Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez from their record label, did not survive.
The band issued a statement on Facebook on Wednesday expressing grief and announcing that all future shows would be put on hold. “Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion,” the band wrote.
Watch the video below.