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Rock band kicks off rescheduled tour after Paris concert attacks

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says “my friends died very beautifully, they died very well, with great courage.”

The Eagles of Death Metal band kicked off its rescheduled European tour Saturday in the Swedish capital, three months to the day after the Paris carnage.

In an emotional interview on Sweden’s TV4 channel, Hughes spoke with tears running down his cheeks. He said, “I am a raw nerve.”

Hughes, co-founder of the band, recalled that in Paris he “didn’t see a single coward, I didn’t see anyone doing anything cowardly.”

He said he “instantly knew what was happening” on the fateful Friday night before band members dispersed to escape the carnage. “There is heaviness in my heart.”