While Sting was assuring families and survivors of the Bataclan attack on stage that the world would not forget, members of the band who survived the attack were made aware they were not welcome.
An official claimed to have kicked out two members of Eagles of Death Metal after seeing the band at the reopening concert.
“They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,” Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos told AFP.
But a new statement made by the band’s manager states frontman Jesse Hughes never attempted to enter the Bataclan Saturday night.
“This day is not about Jesse Hughes or Eagles of Death Metal. In fact, Jesse is in Paris to share in remembering the tragic events of a year ago with his friends, family and fans,” manager Marc Pollack told Billboard.
“This is about recalling the tragic loss of life that happened right in front of his eyes during his show, and this coward Jules Frutos feels the need to soil his own club’s reopening by spreading false tales to the press, and tainting a wonderful opportunity that could’ve been used to spread peace and love, to further spread mean-spirited words of hate. Jesse never even tried entering the club for Sting’s show tonight.”
Saturday marked the official reopening of the Bataclan. Sting performed and paid tribute to survivors and families of those affected by the attack.