Manager Denies Claim that Eagles of Death Metal Were Barred from Entering Bataclan

Credit: Chapman BaehlerEagles of Death Metal's management has denied that frontman Jesse Hughes was barred from entering the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during Sting's show there over the weekend. Marc Pollack of The MGMT Company tells Billboard that Hughes "never even tried entering the club for Sting's show."

The Sting concert marked the reopening of the Bataclan one year after the tragic events of November 13, 2015, when armed terrorists stormed the venue while Eagles of Death Metal were playing, killing 89 people.

"This day is not about Jesse Hughes or Eagles of Death Metal," Pollack says in his statement. "In fact, Jesse is in Paris to share in remembering the tragic events of a year ago with his friends, family and fans."

The statement refutes a quote from Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos, who told France's AFP that Hughes and a EODM band member came to the venue, and that he "threw them out."

"There are things you can't forgive," Frutos says, referring to Hughes' previous comments suggesting that the Bataclan security was in on the attack.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hughes was on scene outside the Bataclan during the Sting show but had no intention of entering. Instead, he was there merely to talk to fans and reflect on the events of the attack.

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