“I hold fast to the love around us”—Eagles Of Death Metal drummer on Paris attacks

November 24 2015, 4:54 PM EST By Cassie Whitt

Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio has posted a message of thankfulness and love in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that targeted the Bataclan where the band were playing that night. 

"I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us," he wrote with an accompanying photo of himself inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Read his full post below:

"November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. 

I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. 

Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. 

I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.
#prayforparis #bataclan #eodm"


A photo posted by Julian Dorio (@coolranchdorio) on