PARIS — The California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was playing their song “Kiss the Devil” at the moment that three terrorists stormed a Paris theater Friday and began opening fire, reports state.
“Who’ll love the devil? Who’ll sing his song?” the song’s lyrics ask. “Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?”
Photos of the event capture concert-goers making the “devil horns” sign minutes before the attack began. According to online explanations of the history of the gesture, “it was adopted by metal fans the world over as a vague sign of the occult, Satanism or just metal-ness, and has since simply become a symbol of all that rocks.”
Video footage also shows the band ducking and running as the loud pop of gunfire rang out in the middle of the song.
As previously reported, among several locations that were targeted on Friday night was Le Bataclan arts center, where Eagles of Death Metal was playing before a crowd of approximately 1000 people. Witnesses state that they heard one of the four attackers yell “Allahu Akbar” and another declare “This is for Syria!” before indiscriminately shooting at members of the audience.
“The atmosphere was so happy and everyone was dancing and smiling,” survivor Isobel Bowdery wrote on social media. “And then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naively believed it was all part of the show.”
“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre. Dozens of people were shot right in front of me. … Cries of grown men who held their girlfriend’s dead bodies pierced the small music venue,” she continued. “[A]cts like this are suppose to highlight the depravity of humans and the images of those men circling us like vultures will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
“They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. Everyone was trying to flee,” radio host Pierre Janaszak likewise told the UK’s Daily Mail. “I clearly heard them say, ‘It’s the fault of Hollande. It’s the fault of your president. He should not have intervened in Syria.'”
While the band was able to escape out the backstage door, their merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was killed. 88 concert-goers lost their lives as well and hundreds of others were injured. Witnesses state that three of the gunmen blew themselves up and the fourth was shot dead by police.
Over 130 people were murdered in the multi-site attacks Friday night—counting the deaths that occurred at hospitals over the weekend—with the majority of the deaths being from Le Bataclan.
Blogger and street preacher Goeffry Grider commented on the matter on Monday, expressing concern about the eternal destiny of those who were singing and dancing to “Kiss the Devil” moments before they lost their lives.
“It is safe to say that there were just about no Christians at the concert that night, that the vast majority of those people were lost, unsaved people,” he wrote. “As those people bled and died on the dance floor of the death metal concert, they went from singing about the Devil to meeting the Devil face to face. Hell is no joke, it is absolutely not a party, and you do not have to end up there.”