Being a radio host is the BEST gig in the world, but on a day like today, I dread getting on the mic. This weekend, more than one hundred families woke up without a son or daughter, a husband or wife…but with a new sense of fear after the second attack in Paris in less than a year. And here I am getting paid to play music and entertain you, even if the things going on outside of my studio are horrid. Well, how the heck am I supposed to slap on a smile and play rock radio when there are so many people that have been disposed of like garbage. The scene at the Bataclan in Paris on Friday night was so horrible it reminded me of a scene from The Walking Dead, but unfortunately this isn’t a comic book storyline and it’s not a show produced by AMC, it’s real life.
As for the WHERE…busy venues were targeted. A stadium. A concert venue. Bringing that home, think about how likely it would that on a Friday night, you & I would find ourselves at a concert? Very likely.
Some FM96 listeners were at a concert this Friday at the London Music hall as this was unraveling. I was finishing up a segment on Sunset Strip bands and telling stories about rock & roll while people were being shot. I didn’t even know how to make that transition on-air Friday evening…
Bringing this even closer to home, the band on stage was Eagles of Death Metal. A band we play here at FM96. A Band that’s performed here in town. I’ve seen reports that the band members are ok, Josh Homme wasn’t actually at this gig…but they did lose a few crew members.
One of those crew members, was their merch manager. A guy named Nick Alexander,
The go –to merch manager for bands like Billy Talent, the Black Keys, and Sum 41.
As for all of us…. Canadians…of course we’re scared, sad, and angry. We’re trying to make sense of why this keeps happening, how humans can treat one another like this. We’re wondering if we’re the next target. And sometimes, that type of fear and anger gets channeled in the wrong direction – towards our new hopeful Prime Minister, who sees a better and brighter future for our country. I’m not saying he’s prepared for an event like this Canada; I am saying however that he knows it, and he’s working on it.
Now is not the time to be pointing fingers at refugees and assume that everyone is the enemy. We all have different beliefs but if you are one of those people that believes that every Muslim is behind ISIS, you are wrong. Don’t get me wrong, there are people that do support ISIS, but that is so far from the truth. That’s like calling half the people in the room a terrorist in a country as multicultural as Canada and we’re better than that. I’m asking you to find a way to love through all of this.
Read this article from AM980 about some Muslims in London:
Local Muslim groups issued a release over the weekend, condemning the violence and asking for peace amid fears the attacks could spir a new wave of Islamophobia.
“We abhor the loss of innocent life, we abhor the taking of innocent life, it’s not something that our religion calls for and we certainly feel the pain of those that have suffered in France, and really all over the world, at the hands of terrorists who take innocent lives, which is really a crime against all of humanity,” said Nawar Tahir, Chair of Hikma, an advocacy group for London Muslims.
Muslims in London are once again maintaining that the religion of Islam stands for peace, not bloodshed.
“I think the vast majority of people, they stand united with Muslims around the world to say that this is not what the religion of Islam stands for,” Tahir said. “The religion of Islam stands for peace and respect of all human life.”
Less than 24 hours after the terror attacks, someone set fire to the only mosque in Peterborough. Damage is estimated at $80,000, and an online fundraiser has been launched to help the mosque rebuild.
Fortunately no one was inside at the time, but the local Muslim association believes it was a “clearly a hate crime.”
And let’s not forget that this is NOT the only horrible attack to happen recently.
From the New York Times
Around the crime scenes in south Beirut and central Paris alike, a sense of shock and sadness lingered into the weekend, with cafes and markets quieter than usual. The consecutive rampages, both claimed by the Islamic State, inspired feelings of shared, even global vulnerability — especially in Lebanon, where many expressed shock that such chaos had reached France, a country they regarded as far safer than their own.
But for some in Beirut, that solidarity was mixed with anguish over the fact that just one of the stricken cities — Paris — received a global outpouring of sympathy akin to the one lavished on the United States after the 9/11 attacks.
Now is the time to stand together, with other Canadians who are also scared, and with our friends in Paris.
Photo by @jean_jullien on Twitter
Here’s a timeline from Consequence of Sound :
The city of Paris was stricken by a series of terrorist attacks on Friday night. The latest reports have 128 dead and 300 injured. The terror group ISIS has since claimed responsibility.
Among the targets was the music venue Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing a sold-out concert this evening. Police say terrorists took many of the concert-goers hostage and killed 87.
According to police, four terrorists were involved in the siege, each wearing a suicide belt and carrying an assault rifle. Three of the terrorists blew themselves up once police stormed the venue.
Eagles of Death Metal is the collaboration between Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Homme did not join the band for their European tour, however.
Update – 4:50 p.m. CT: As BrooklynVegan points out, the French band Red Lemons posted an update to Facebook saying they were outside the venue with the members of Eagles of Death Metal when the attack took place. “They’re safe,” Red Lemons’ Facebook page said. “They took a cab.” The mother of EODM drummer Julian Dorio confirmed as much to Washington Post, though she added the whereabouts of several crew members are unknown.
Update – 5:05 p.m. CT: Hostages from the Bataclan told CNN that “terrorists calmly executed hostages, reloaded, executed again in silence.”
Update – 5:30 p.m. CT: Deftones, who were set to perform three consecutive nights at Bataclan beginning tomorrow, are safe and accounted for, according to Substream Magazine.
Update – 5:50 p.m. CT: Eagles of Death Metal wrote on Facebook, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Update – 6:00 p.m. CT: According to Reuters, police stormed the Bataclan, killing two terrorists. The operation is “over.”
Update – 6:15 p.m. CT: According to AFP, “around 100” people were killed inside the Bataclan.
Update – 6:45 p.m. CT: CNN reports that 118 people were killed inside the venue.
Update – 7:30 p.m. CT: Michael Dorio, the brother of EODM drummer Julain Dorio, told CNN that the band was on-stage when the shooting took place. Once the shooting began, the band quickly headed backstage, unharmed, and eventually ended up at a police station.
Update – 9:35 p.m. CT: According to NBC News San Diego, all of the principal band members are safe and accounted for. However, one crew member is feared dead and another injured.
Update – Saturday, 8:25 a.m. CT: Police have revised the casualties count, saying 82 people were killed inside the venue. A total of four attackers were involved in the siege, each wearing a suicide belt and carrying an assault rifle. Three of the terrorists blew themselves up once police stormed the venue.
Update – Saturday, 9:25 a.m. CT: Foo Fighters have scrapped the remainder of their European tour in wake of the Paris terror attacks. U2 and Coldplay have also altered live performances.
Update – Saturday, 9:55 a.m. CT: Understandably, Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the remainder of their European tour and will return home, according to AFP. The same will be the case for Deftones, who were scheduled to perform a three-night residency at the Bataclan beginning today.
The Paris football stadium Stade de France was also targeted, with several explosions heard outside the venue. The stadium was hosting a soccer game between French and German national teams, with French President François Hollande in attendance. It’s since been confirmed that the explosions were the result of suicide bombers.
In all, eight terrorists are said to have been involved in seven attacks across Paris on Friday night. President Hollande deemed the events an “act of war” and promised retaliation.