Eagles Of Death metal frontman apologizes for slamming Parkland survivors
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Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes apologized to “the youth of America” on Saturday (March 31st) for criticizing the March for Our Lives protests and the survivors of the Parkland massacre that took the lives of 17 people. The apology came five days after Hughes called the surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting “disgusting vile abusers of the dead.”
Hughes said in his video apology, “Recently I made some posts on my Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics. What I intended to be a statement about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited and personal attack and slight of the youth themselves.”
Hughes added, “I never intended for that to happen. I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing that they accomplished. I truly am sorry, I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm.”
Eagles Of Death Metal are survivors themselves of a November 2015 mass shooting at the Bataclan nightclub in Paris, where terrorists burst into the band’s concert and took the lives of 89 people, including the group’s merchandise manager.
In a since-deleted Instagram post following the March For Our Lives protest, Hughes wrote, “As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.”
But now Hughes has changed his tune, saying on Saturday, “As someone who’s watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they love, I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly, and I did not do that and I messed up.”
Eagles Of Death Metal was founded in 1998 by Hughes and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who plays drums on Eagles recordings.
Homme told us a while back that working with the Eagles was just like getting together with old friends: “I’ve known Jesse since I was in high school, since I was 15 years old. We’ve actually been playing longer than the Queens have been playing. It’s just one of those things where you just take it at, like, a very casual pace, its own pace, you know. It’s just kind of always been there, you know, and it’s nice to play with your friends.”
Homme rarely plays live with the band, however. He has not commented on Hughes’ original statement regarding the protests, although a number of fans and fellow musicians have criticized Hughes for his remarks.