August 17, 2012


Update: Baroness Frontman Breaks Arm & Leg in UK Tour Bus Crash

Gary Wolstenholme
Gary Wolstenholme

UPDATE: Singer and guitarist John Baizley broke his left arm and leg. Drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni suffered fractured vertebrae. Pete Adams was treated for minor injuries and released. According to a post on the band's site yesterday, all three remain hospitalized. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.

Georgia metal band Baroness were involved in a serious bus accident Wednesday while on tour in England, the BBC reports. The Savannah-based quartet's tour bus fell 30 feet, leaving two seriously injured and sending nine to the hospital in total.

Two people on the bus suffered multiple fractures and had to be cut out of the bus by firefighters, an ambulance spokeswoman told the BBC. Seven others received minor injuries. Those seriously injured have not yet been identified.

"The band members and crew are recovering at local hospitals," reads a brief statement from the band. "All tour dates are postponed until further notice."

Baroness released a new album, the excellent Yellow & Green, just last month, which was the topic of conversation when we sat down with frontman John Baizley not long ago. Our thoughts and sincere hopes for a speedy recovery are with the band and its crew now.

Recently, the Cult were involved in a "terrifying crash" that almost sent their tour bus over an 80-foot drop in Croatia. And at times like this, it's worth remembering that things could have been worse: 3/4 of the power pop band the Exploding Hearts were killed when their tour van crashed in 2003.