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Band members break silence about Paris music hall attack

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Rock fans at a Paris music hall overtaken by attackers futilely tried to hide inside a dressing room used by the band Eagles of Death Metal, but were gunned down when spotted by the gunmen, the band revealed in an emotional interview.

Band members Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme spoke to Vice’s Shane Smith about the Nov. 13 attack at the Bataclan, which left 89 dead and dozens more injured.

“Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket,” Hughes said in a clip from the interview.

Jesse Hughes (right) and Joshua Homme of Eagles of Death Metal speak about the November 13, 2015 Paris, France terrorist attack that targeted their concert at the Bataclan.VICE via YouTube

Jesse Hughes (right) and Joshua Homme of Eagles of Death Metal speak about the November 13, 2015 Paris, France terrorist attack that targeted their concert at the Bataclan.

“People were playing dead, and they were so scared.”

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Members of Eagles of Death Metal perform on stage on November 13, 2015 at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, moments before attackers stormed the venue, killing dozens of people.

No one in the California-based band was wounded in the attack, but merchandise manager Nick Alexander and three record label employees were killed.

The Eagles of Death Metal had been performing for the cheering crowd when the terrorists stormed the music hall, but the band’s members were able to get to safety.

People look at flowers and card tributes placed outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris after dozens were killed in an attack.Frank Augstein/AP

People look at flowers and card tributes placed outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris after dozens were killed in an attack.

Hughes’s voice grew weary as he discussed the extent of the carnage.

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“A great reason why so many were killed, is because so many wouldn’t leave their friends,” Hughes said in the clip. “So many people put themselves in front of people.”

Vice’s full interview with Hughes and Homme is scheduled to be released in the coming days. The band previously addressed the tragedy in a Facebook post.

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