Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes claims security may have been tipped off about the impending attack on the Paris theatre by Isis terrorists on 13 November when gunmen opened fire during the band's set killing 90 people. The Bataclan music venue denied the claims adding that any such suggestion was "senseless".
In an interview with Fox Business, Jesse Hughes, the singer and guitarist of the Eagles of Death Metal, said he immediately felt uneasy setting up for the show on that fateful evening when a security guard did not make eye contact with him.
"I didn't like him at all. And so I immediately went to the promoter and said, 'Who's that guy? I want to put another dude on,'" Hughes said. "He goes, 'Well, some of the other guards aren't here yet.' And eventually I found out that six or so wouldn't show up at all.
"Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won't make a definite statement, but I'll say it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up."
During the band's set a group of Isis terrorists stormed the venue and opened fire with automatic rifles, killing 90 people. It was one of a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital that night that left 130 in total dead.
Hughes further alleged that one of the terrorists who attacked the Bataclan allowed three members of the audience to leave the venue, which is located the city's 11th arondissement.
The Bataclan rejected the claims.
"The senseless statements of Mr Jesse Hughes are the result of the enormous trauma," a statement from the venue said. "All witness accounts from the day show the professionalism and courage of the security personnel. Their intervention likely saved hundreds of people.
"A judicial process is under way," it said. "We would like justice to complete its work calmly."
Previously, Hughes has suggested that if audience members had guns the attacks would not have been successful. In the interview Hughes denied that he was advocating gun ownership.
"I don't want to shoot anybody -- I would hate to do that," he said. "But I, more than that, do not want to let the bad guys take any of my people and I don't want to go out like a punk."