LOS ANGELES - The co-founder of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert was targeted in a deadly attack by militants this month, said in an interview with Vice posted on Wednesday that he came face-to-face with a gunman backstage.
Members of the band, giving their first media interview since the attack in a video on the Vice website, were on stage at the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 13 when three men with rifles and explosives burst in and attacked, killing 89 people.Band co-founder Jesse Hughes told Vice he ran offstage after the gunfire erupted and went looking for his girlfriend in a dressing room. Not finding her, he opened a door to a hallway and came face-to-face with a gunman.
"He turned on me, brought his gun down and the barrel hit the door frame," Hughes said.
Hughes said he rushed down a set of stairs and through an exit door and found his girlfriend outside.
Members of the band, which goes by the acronym EODM, described terrifying moments on stage as they looked for escape routes.
"I kind of bailed off of my stool," drummer Julian Dorio said. "Almost immediately, the gunpowder hit my nose."
It was the largest loss of life in attacks that night across the French capital that killed 130 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.