An official at Bataclan concert hall in Paris kicked out two members of Eagles of Death Metal at highly publicized memorial concert on Saturday over controversial remarks made by the lead singer, according to AFP.
“They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,” Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos told AFP. The band famously was performing at the venue last year on Nov. 13 when terrorists stormed the venue as part of a series of coordinated attacks in Paris. According to the news agency, one of the men was EODM’s controversial frontman Jesse Hughes.
In May, Hughes claimed that he thought that Muslim staff members at Bataclan were in on the horrific attack at the venue, which left 89 people dead and dozens more injured. Hughes, who is also a gun rights advocate and was a staunch Donald Trump supporter, also claimed in March that he thought the attack at Bataclan was an inside job. He later apologized for those earlier remarks, saying he was still suffering from trauma.
On Saturday, Sting performed at the special memorial concert, which was open to victims of the attack and their family members. It also marked the official re-opening of the Bataclan since the attack.
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“Tonight we have two important tasks. First remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago,” Sting told the audience in French. “And second, to celebrate life and music in this historic venue. So before I begin I would like to start with a minute of silence. We will not forget them.”
The Eagles of Death Metal are expected to take part in a special memorial service for the attacks in Paris on Sunday.