All members of a California-based band that was to perform at the Paris venue where one of Friday night’s deadly attacks occurred are safe, a U.S. official briefed by the Justice Department said Saturday.
The band Eagles of Death Metal was supposed to perform at the Bataclan, a theater located in eastern Paris. People inside were taken hostage and dozens of people were killed inside the theater.
Earlier Friday, management for the band had said that they were “trying to determine the safety and whereabouts” of the band and its crew.
The brother of the band’s drummer, Julian Dorio, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that all band members had escaped the concert hall unharmed.
“They saw a man with a machine gun just opening fire,” said Dorio’s brother, Michael Dorio. Michael Dorio said his brother told him band members hit the floor when they spotted the gunmen, then ran out a backstage door. They ran to a nearby police station.
U2 postponed its Saturday night concert in Paris after the deadly attacks. The band said in a statement that it will go ahead with the concert “at an appropriate time.”
“We hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe,” U2 said in a statement. HBO had planned to televise the performance.
The band Foo Fighters also said Saturday that it was canceling the remaining dates on its European tour following the attacks.