Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident on August 15 in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
John Baizley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) broke his left arm and left leg.Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams(lead guitar, vocals) was treated and released from the hospital.
Earlier today, the members of BARONESS released the following statement:
"Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker. Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you."
A two-minute BBC News video report on the road accident can be seen below.
BARONESS released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
METALLICA: Quality Video Footage Of Edmonton Stage 'Accident'
Quality fan-filmed video footage of the "accident" that occurred during METALLICA's August 18 concert at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada can be seen below (courtesy of InvertedMag.com).
A member of METALLICA's road crew caught fire during the show, as the the stagehand was seen struggling with a malfunctioning pyro launcher during "Enter Sandman" when he was suddenly engulfed in flame. AsJames Hetfield called for the band to stop playing, other crew members doused the man with fire extinguishers and took him off the stage in stretchers, with the band resuming its show a few minutes later.
A spokesperson for METALLICA's concert promoter previously said the stunt was "all part of the show," and in fact the band has staged this type of "accident" before during its 1997 tour, on which the show ended with the stage seemingly collapsing around the group as one crew member caught fire and another dangled upside down from the fallen lighting rig. The effect was caught on the band's "Cunning Stunts" DVD.
METALLICA's recent show in Mexico City marked the debut of a new 140-foot-by-50-foot stage that features "colossal components and striking visual elements spanning the band's entire 30-year career," meaning that the "accident" stunt could be back for an encore.
At a July 28 press conference before the first show in Mexico City, frontman James Hetfield said that the band was focused on "staying alive" while performing alongside the "dangerous elements" of the new production, with bassist Robert Trujillo adding, "Like James said, it's very dangerous — we've got stuff flying every which way."
METALLICA played the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco earlier in the month and is scheduled to perform two shows in late August in Vancouver, which will be filmed for the band's upcoming 3D movie.
Foo Fighters to Play Intimate Benefit Concert for Rock the Vote
Foo Fighters are doing their part to support voter education. The band has justannounced they'll play an intimate concert at The Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on September 5 to benefit Rock the Vote.
The concert, which takes place during the Democratic National Convention, is expected to "celebrate the power of young voters…and support Rock the Vote's ground-breaking efforts to register more than 1.5 million young people, educate and turn them out to vote this November."
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone.
Green Day Featured in Upcoming Episode of Angry Birds Friends
Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds app and video game franchise, has teamed up with Green Day to create a special episode of Angry Birds Friends, which is available exclusively on Facebook.
The episode will feature 10 new levels and includes Green Day's latest single "Oh Love," as well as an exclusive song, "Troublemaker." In addition, the episode will feature new “bad pig” characters inspired by Green Day band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
"We're all fans of Angry Birds," said Armstrong in a statement. "It's such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn't stop. Go Team Green!"
Green Day’s episode of Angry Birds Friends is expected to be released sometime this fall. Visit GreenDay.AngryBirds.com for more information.
Three Days Grace Announces Fall Headlining Tour
Three Days Grace is hitting the road this fall in support of their upcoming album,Transit of Venus. The band has just announced that they will be kicking off a North American headlining tour shortly after the album is released on October 2.
The month-long trek begins on October 8 at Trees in Dallas and will make stops in Detroit, New York and Philadelphia, among other cities. Tickets for the newly-announced tour dates will go on sale on Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
Here are the tour dates:
October 8 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
October 10 -- St. Louis, MO, The Firebird
October 12 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café
October 14 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew's Hall
October 15 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Bar
October 16 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall
October 19 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
October 22 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
October 23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts
October 24 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
October 26 -- Charlotte, NC, Visulite Theatre
October 28 -- Nashville, TN, Exit/In
Muse Posts Lyric Video for "Madness" Online
Muse is ready for you to experience another track from their upcoming album. After recently posting videos for “Survival” and “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” the band has now posted the lyric video for “Madness,” the first single from The 2nd Law. In addition to checking out the video, fans can now purchase the song on iTunes.
Shortly after The 2nd Law is released on October 2, Muse will hit the road for a two-month European tour to support it. The band is expected to launch a U.S. tour sometime next year.
The Black Keys Provide More Songs to Rock Band 3
Harmonix, creator of the Rock Band video game franchise, has announced they'll add more playable songs from The Black Keys for Rock Band 3.
The three-song “The Black Keys Pack 02” downloadable content pack features “Tighten Up” and “Howlin' for You” from 2010’s Brothers, as well as “Lonely Boy” from their latest album, El Camino.
“The Black Keys Pack 02” will be available starting Tuesday for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii.