France: Music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances


Music festival organisers in France have cancelled performances by the American band Eagles of Death Metal following controversial remarks by its frontman, reported various international news providers.

The band’s Bataclan concert in Paris in November 2015 was attacked by terrorists, who shot and killed 89 people there.

Eagles of Death Metal’s leadsinger Jesse Hughes had suggested in March 2016 that some security guards may have known in advance about the attacks. He repeated the statements in a US magazine interview in mid-May.

In response, organisers of two French festivals – Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert – have cancelled Eagles Of Death Metal’s planned summer 2016 performances, stating they are “in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations.” They wrote on their home pages:

“Eagles Of Death Metal’s concert is cancelled
Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hugues’ recent allegations given in an itw with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding.”

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» BBC Newsbeat – 26 May 2016:
Muslim Bataclan survivor hits out at Eagles Of Death Metal

» NME – 25 May 2016:
Bataclan survivor to Eagles Of Death Metal frontman: ‘I love your music but stupidity is dangerous’

» The Guardian – 25 May 2016:
A letter to Jesse Hughes from a fellow Bataclan survivor

» The New Daily – 21 May 2016:
French music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances over anti-Islam remarks

» Deutche Welle – 20 May 2016:
French music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances over anti-Islam remarks

» BBC News – 20 May 2016:
Eagles of Death Metal dropped by two French festivals over Bataclan comments

» Taki Magazine – 14 May 2016:
Surrendering to Death

Related information

» Freemuse – 14 November 2015:
France: Deadly terror attack at rock concert in Paris

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