What seems to be resonating with fans of music everywhere is that a concert venue was a major target for the Paris Attacks on a Friday night. More stories and connections to those involved in the attacks have been surfacing all week.
First, Eagles of Death Metal wrote to tell us they were home safe:
Lenny Kravitz just spoke with Rolling Stone as someone who owns a home in the beautiful city:
Paris is my only city home. In the Bahamas, I live a very bush, low-key life in the middle of nature. But in Paris, I have my house. My friends go to that Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge [site of one of the attacks] all the time. I’ve been to the Stade de France [stadium] for concerts or a mach. I’ve played on the stage of the Bataclan. I’ve gone to concerts there. Back in the Nineties, Alice in Chains were playing there and they invited me up onstage to jam with them. The last show I saw there was the Black Keys and I was up in the balcony. It’s an institution.
I was in the Bahamas when I heard about [the Bataclan shooting]. I heard about it before it hit the news. A friend in Paris got a text from somebody inside, saying what was going on. This was a close friend of somebody who works with me in my camp. The details were quite chilling. It was horrific and the bravery this person had while being wounded and texting the details. Somebody who worked on my tour staff on my last tour [in catering] was injured and the person who was with them, their man, was killed. They were working for the band [Eagles of Death Metal]. She wrote to my friend Craig, saying how she had to play dead the whole [time] lying amidst the bodies.
One of my friends who I hang out with in Paris had tickets to the show and wanted to go badly, but sold his ticket and didn’t go. There are stories of other people who were coaxed into seeing the show by friends: “Come on, we’re going.” And they lost their life. Whether it was anybody I knew or not, it hit a chord with me and I’m deeply concerned. I think at this point, It could happen anywhere. I live my life onstage and in venues and these things can happen. And they’re being chosen as targets.
I’m not worried about returning to Paris. I was in New York for 9/11. Things bounced back. But in general, I think life is changing. You’ll definitely think about it when you’re sitting in a café or in a restaurant. Obviously, we’re talking about France and these people, but at the same time, these things are going on all over, in Lebanon, Syria, Africa. I’m concerned about this on every level for everybody. It’s not just “pray for Paris” — it’s “pray for the world.”
Maynard James Keenan & Matt Mitchel of Puscifer recently spoke to SiriusXM HostGrant Random about their connection in the attacks – their bassist, Matt McJunkins, was playing with EODM at Le Bataclan:
“It was an awful 24 hours, just trying to figure out where he was,” the Tool and Puscifer singer revealed. “I guess Junk had gotten a hold of somebody’s cell phone in the venue and texted his or called his significant other to say that he was pinned down. The rest of the band got out, but he did not. And then that’s all we heard. We were simply in the dark for the next 12 hours waiting to hear anything.”
“We had no idea if he was a casualty or not…Of course we were up all night and so the show the next day was understandably – we were just exhausted, so it was of course hard to hold back the emotions a little bit, so it wasn’t, this was not our favorite show.”