Julian Dorio, the touring drummer for Eagles of Death Metal, has shared a statement following the terrorist attack that left 89 dead at the band’s Nov. 13 concert at the Paris venue Le Bataclan. Dorio, who is also a founding member of the indie rock band The Whigs, published his thoughts on Instagram along with a photograph of himself at Notre Dame.
“I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, [merchandise manager] Nick Alexander,” Dorio wrote. “My thoughts are with their families. I’m home safe. And now I have a new family abroad.” Dorio also praised the “everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons.”
November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.✌🏼️❤️🤘🏼 #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm
Eagles of Death Metal released a statement last week mourning the attack. “Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion,” the band wrote. “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.” The band’s co-founder Josh Homme has pledged to support victims of the Paris violence through his charity, The Sweet Stuff Foundation.