Paris terror attack: Eagles of Death Metal had played in North East days earlier

Eagles of Death Metal performing in Newcastle on Monday. Pic: Katy Blackwood.
Eagles of Death Metal performing in Newcastle on Monday. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Rock band The Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert turned into a terrorist massacre, played a North-East gig just a few days earlier.

The band, whose show at the Bataclan theatre in eastern Paris, near the trendy Oberkampf area, was attacked by suicide-bomber gunmen, were in Newcastle earlier this week.

Formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1998, they played at the O2 Academy on Monday night as part of a European tour promoting Zipper Down, their first new album in seven years, which was released last month.

Newcastle photographer Katy Blackwood said today: "I was at Eagles of Death Metal's Newcastle show just this Monday, and at a show again when news of the events in Paris broke.

"When I saw what was happening, I was stunned. Given how recently I'd seen the band perform, it hit really close to home.

"You just don't expect this sort of thing at a show, or anywhere really, when you go out to have a good time and enjoy a performance.

"I'm regularly at music venues and I spent last night and a lot of this morning dwelling on the reality that this was a planned attack on a concert as a large congregation of people.

"It could as easily have happened in this country, and I still can't fathom it, I really have no words."

All members of the band are safe and have been accounted for, a US official has said.

The official, briefed by the Justice Department, was not authorised to discuss the briefing publicly and spoke to the Associated Press about the band on condition of anonymity.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), quoting the brother of the band's drummer, reported that all band members escaped the concert hall unharmed. The paper identified the drummer as Julian Dorio, from Atlanta.

"They saw a man with a machine gun just opening fire," his brother Michael told the newspaper.

Mr Dorio said his brother told him band members hit the floor when they spotted the gunmen, and then ran out through a backstage door.

They dashed to a nearby police station, where Julian Dorio borrowed a mobile phone to call his family in Atlanta, Michael Dorio said.