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.”
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.