Eagles of Death Metal Drummer Addresses Paris Attacks: "Absolute and Unnecessary Evil Turned Our World on Its Head"
Today (November 24), he posted a photo of himself lighting a candle in a church, sending out his thoughts to the many killed during the mass shooting in the nightclub, as well as other victims claimed during the city-wide attacks.
"Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head," he wrote. "I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander."
As previously reported, lives taken inside Le Bataclan on November 13 included Eagles of Death Metal merch seller Nick Alexander, as well as record company colleagues Thomas Ayed, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez.
In Dorio's post, he goes on to thank various figures for their kindness, including a man who ushered the band into a taxi to make an escape and a fan who lent them a cellphone.
Dorio concluded: "I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love. #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm"
Last week, Eagles of Death Metal issued a group statement on the incident, which honoured the dead and noted that they are "proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion."
A fuller interview with the band is forthcoming on Vice. A teaser of the talk can be found below, along with Dorio's Instagram post.
November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.:v::heart::the_horns: #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm