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ASU music man survives Paris attacks

Joel Johnson just happened to be in Paris when the terror attacks happened Joel Johnson just happened to be in Paris when the terror attacks happened
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It was quite a scary experience for an Albany State University Professor who was in Paris last Friday during the terrorist attacks.

Joel Johnson was performing about 30 minutes away from the concert venue where most of the victims were killed.  Music is his therapy, and he loves to play, and shares his talents with folks around the globe

He just happened to be in Paris when the terror attacks happened Friday. He was performing as part of a ten day tour with Fred Wesley, a former music director for James Brown.

He says he didn't know till after the performance what happened. "We were on stage performing when the terrorist attack happened, and it wasn't until we played our last song, and coming off stage that someone pulled us to the side and explained to us what just occurred,m" Johnson said.

More concerts were scheduled over the weekend, but those were canceled and Johnson says everything was shut down. "Venues, museums, whatever, all those places had to close down until Monday."

He says he wasn't scared, but had friends within walking distance of the attack he wanted to check on. "My interest was to, if I could, travel to see them, maybe go to their home and talk to them."

And although he didn't see any evidence of the attacks firsthand, he didn't see the faces of those affected. "It's different if you're talking about the battle fields of Syria, but this is, and you have these people like why, what's going on, it's crazy trying to make sense of it, and

He does still consider Paris a safe place, and places to travel there again to share his music with the world.

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