The Paris attacks that have killed at least 129 people, continue to prompt raids and arrests throughout Europe and airstrikes in Syria. While the attacks surely took a toll on Paris citizens, the tragedy of the terroristic attacks was certainly felt back in the states as well.
The deadliest of the attacks, occurred at the Bataclan Concert Hall, resulting in 89 deaths. Eagles of Death Metal, a blues rock band from Palm Dessert, California had been performing during the night. The band members as a whole were safely able to escape through a back door. On tour with the band as their drummer, was local Athens musician Julian Dorio. Dorio is drummer and co-founder of the Athens local American Garage Band The Whigs who have been rocking since the early 200o’s. The band has been an Athens staple also reaching popular success and were set to perform January 26th downtown Athens, at The 40 Watt club. While the event is just a couple of months away, 40 Watt Club talent buyer, Velena Vego, is glad to hear that Dorio was able to escape safely.
“The door people, the sound people and management who love Julian very much, were just so happy to have him safe and sound. To be able to not only hear him, but just see his face when he performs in the next couple of months is going to be awesome.” Vego said.
Still shaken from the tragedy, Dorio as well as other Whig members weren’t ready to speak out just yet. ADR of New West Records, George Fondane Jr, said no matter how big the band gets they will always consider Athens home.
“I’m pretty sure at all their shows now they still say they are an Athens band.” Fondane said.