Eagles of Death Metal survived the horrific November 2015 massacre at the Bataclan during the Paris terror attacks. But now they are personae non gratae in parts of France.
The rock festivals Rock en Seine and Le Festival Cabaret Vert have canceled the Coachella Valley-based band’s upcoming appearances because of outspoken frontman Jesse Hughes’ comments on Muslims and the Paris attacks.
“Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations given in an [interview] with an American media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance,” the festivals announced Friday on their respectivewebsites. “We thank you for your understanding.”
EODM were scheduled to play Cabaret Vert, an outdoor fest in northern French town Charleville-Mézières, on Aug. 25, before heading south to play the riverfront Rock en Seine—just west of Paris—just days later.
In an interview published last week on alt-right digital magazine Taki's, Hughes railed against Muslims and suggested a politically correct “liberal mentality” toward religious tolerance led to the bloodshed.
He alleged a larger conspiracy among French Muslims, telling the magazine, “I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.”