This morning International Business Times posted a story alleging that the hacker collective Anonymous has released a list of new ISIS target scheduled for attacks on Sunday. The list reports locations for attacks on “Paris and the world.” All of this comes in the wake of the attacks across Paris and Beirut where in Paris alone, almost 130 people were killed and several others wounded. What has stricken the rock and metal world in particular was the loss of about 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan in Paris where two gunmen armed with AK-47s entered and held concert-goers hostage while gunning down several others. Luckily the band escaped unharmed, but the music industry did mourn the loss of the EoDM merch manager Nick Alexander and Metallica Project Manager Thomas Ayad. Now, with the release of this alleged ISIS hit list, Five Finger Death Punch has come under fire as one of the proposed targets for Sunday’s scheduled attacks.
Following the attacks, several bands rallied to show their support of EoDM, Nick, and the all those that suffered in the Paris attacks. In the days that followed, several other artists proceeded to cancel first their Paris dates out of respect of the country’s national three day mourning period, then entire European tours were cancelled. Bands including Deftones, Lamb of God, and Foo Fighters all cancelled their European tour plans in the wake of the Paris attacks. One of the determined and bold that didn’t cancel their plans was Five Finger Death Punch who in addition to paying tribute to those lost in the November 13 attacks, continued to unabashedly tour Europe. The band has always boasted their support of the US armed forces, having spent time visiting with troops in the past and recently titling their sixth studio Got Your Six, which is a military term meaning, “I’ve got your back.”
According to IBT, the targets listed by Anonymous are as follow:
-Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris)
-Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris)
-Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris)
-Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)
-Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia)
-Five Finger Death Punch (Milan)
-University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)
While world leaders are theorizing ways to protect their countries and fight against this looming terrorist threat, it is pertinent that music lovers and fans around the world stay vigilant in their everyday lives. What happened at Le Bataclan may have been one of the most heartrending events we’ve seen in live music since the assassination of Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott in 2004, it is important to remember to come together as a community. As of this post there has been no word yet from Five Finger Death Punch on their plans for Sunday.