SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell 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 Rolling Stone Australia, Cornell was asked if the Paris attacks “struck home” emotionally, in light of the fact that he used to live in the city. He responded: “Yeah, I have a hard time talking about it onstage especially, because I’ve played this acoustic show in that venue [Bataclan]. And how do I bring it up to an audience that’s in pretty much the same environment that those people were in? And with the realization that this could happen right now! How closely are we paying attention, and if we are paying attention really closely, what can we even do about it anyway?”
He continued: “It’s been really difficult to stand on a stage and speak about it, I haven’t felt comfortable if for no other reason that I haven’t felt like it’s an appropriate moment to remind everybody of how horrendous [it was], just to entertain that. I think we all have pretty good imaginations, we know that it really happened, and we can imagine everything that could have unfolded from the first sounds and your brain trying to make sense of it and tricking you into thinking it’s something else. It ended with a lot of people dying and a lot of people being injured and a lot of family members who probably will never heal from it.”
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.