The U.S. rock band Eagles of Dying Steel had been halfway via their set when Islamist militants sprayed the Bataclan live performance corridor in Paris with gunfire, slicing down revellers, frontman Jesse Hughes recounted earlier than a French court docket on Tuesday.
Guitar technician Eden Galindo’s first thought had been that the sound system was exploding, however Hughes stated he knew immediately the venue was underneath assault.
“Being from a desert group in California, I do know the sound of gunshots,” Hughes advised the trial of Salah Abdeslam, the one suspected surviving member of the squad that killed 130 folks at a number of places on Nov. 13, 2015.
“I knew that dying was coming,” he stated.
The assailants burst via the music corridor’s principal entrance and blasted automated gunfire into the group because the band performed.
“We had been considering that it was going to cease but it surely simply saved coming,” Galindo advised the court docket. “After some time they reloaded and a technician advised us, ‘subsequent time they cease, we run’.”
The band escaped via a facet door however their tour supervisor was killed.
90 deaths tied to live performance venue assault
The attackers took hostages contained in the music corridor throughout an hours-long assault that claimed 90 lives and ended after police shot useless one militant and the 2 others detonated their suicide vests.
Survivors have recounted taking part in useless for hours, or hiding in cabinets, not understanding if their associates or kin had been nonetheless alive. They spoke of the bullets of their our bodies and of getting to stroll over our bodies once they lastly escaped.
Abdeslam, 32, is the one one amongst 20 defendants who’s straight accused of homicide, tried homicide and hostage taking. He has denied the costs and is standing trial earlier than a panel of judges.
He advised the court docket in February he had backed out of detonating his explosive vest through the assault.
Six years on, Hughes stated he nonetheless obtained nervous trying into crowds, however that he drew braveness from France’s capability to maneuver on.
“Evil didn’t win,” he stated. “You possibly can’t kill rock and roll.”