Eagles of Death Metal kicking off rescheduled tour after Paris carnage

Jesse Hughes
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs at Riot Fest & Carnival in Douglas Park in Chicago. Band members Hughes and Joshua Homme told VICE on Friday, Nov. 20, that several people hid in their dressing room during the deadly terrorist attack in Paris on Nov. 13. The U.S. band was performing at the Bataclan theater on the night of deadly attacks. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says “my friends died very beautifully, they died very well, with great courage.”

The Eagles of Death Metal band is kicking off its rescheduled European tour Saturday in the Swedish capital, three months to the day after the Paris carnage.

In an emotional interview on Sweden’s TV4 channel, Hughes spoke with tears running down his cheeks. He said, “I am a raw nerve.”

Hughes, co-founder of the band recalled that in Paris he “didn’t see a single coward, I didn’t see anyone doing anything cowardly.”

The California band will play at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on Tuesday.

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