ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oli Herbert has commented on the events of November 13 in Paris, France, when more than 129 people were killed in seven coordinated terrorist attacks.
The greatest number of deaths took place at the Bataclan, a French music venue where EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were performing when terrorists began a siege that ended with 89 people in the club either shot to death or killed in explosions.
A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including LAMB OF GOD, FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.
Speaking to All Access Live, Herbert was asked how ALL THAT REMAINS‘s feelings about touring in general have been affected by the recent concert tragedy. He said (see video below): “Well, it’s pretty frightening. We’ve been at festivals with EAGLES OF DEATH METAL specifically — this year, actually, in Switzerland. And that could have been us up there. It hits our world pretty hard. Never mind the fact that if it hit anybody, it would still be horrible as well, but specifically [a rock band that we’ve shared stages with].”
He continued: “I tend to be an optimist and try not to worry about those types of things happening. I mean, if things are gonna happen, they’re gonna happen; there’s nothing I can do to stop them. I’m not gonna crawl into some cave and hide. You know, I need to work.”
The attacks in Paris led to a military response by France against the radical Islamic organization ISIS, as French jets bombed a series of targets in Syria.
The murders have stepped up worldwide concern over ISIS, as well as a debate in the U.S. over whether to accept Syrian refugees.