When terror and chaos reigned around Paris, Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach was less than three miles away performing at Le Trianon with his band the Arcs. The group had finished their set before learning of the tragic events unfolding nearby.
In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, the singer reminisced in detail about the event:
We had gotten offstage at Le Trianon last night when the news started to trickle in. We heard sirens, but we didn’t know what was going on. People started telling us there was a shooting. Then I heard there was a bombing at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. I said, “Are you kidding?” I texted [Eagles of Death Metal member] Josh Homme and I said, “Are you alright?” He said, “Yeah, I’m in L.A. Why?” I didn’t put two and two together that he didn’t tour with them. So I said, “Oh thank God, I just heard a horrible story.” Then it turned out to be true. It’s just awful.
We were playing a club almost the same as the Eagles of Death Metal: a 1,500-seat, 150-year-old theater a mile away from them, an American band. It’s crazy. They locked down the building. We were there for about an hour.
We heard there were still gunmen on the loose. We knew there were two separate hostage situations. We were on a balcony. We had a good vantage point. We were hunkered down listening for gunshots. We had people guarding all the doors, which were all locked up. We saw the helicopters flying above us; police cars just screaming by.