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Kyng bassist Tony Castaneda has been involved in a car accident that will force the band to withdraw from the Clutch tour, which was scheduled to start in March. Castaneda broke his clavicle in the accident, which will keep him sidelined for several months and require therapy. Here’s the band’s Facebook page statement:
Due to an unfortunate auto accident involving bass player Tony Castaneda, KYNG has to pull off their scheduled tour with Clutch, Orange Goblin and Lionize. The tour, scheduled to begin on Friday March 8th would’ve taken them coast to coast through April 20th will still move forward.
This unforeseen accident sets back the band’s plans for recording their Sophomore follow up to Trampled Sun with with producer Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Sound City), and Andrew Alekel in LA this spring.
Though Castenada’s injury puts the band’s scheduled touring plans on hiatus, they will continue working on their new album with a planned release for summer 2013.
It’s unfortunate that Kyng will miss touring with Clutch and Orange Goblin, as their uptempo stoner rock fits in perfectly with those two bands. Scorpion Child will replace Kyng on the tour. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that Kyng will be able to concentrate on writing their sophomore album.
In the circle of life, it’s hard to find anyone more despicable than anyone that would steal musical instruments. Yet Madball found themselves the victims of instrument theft this past weekend. It looks like thieves made off with a pair of BC Rich Mockingbird guitars (1983 and 1999 models), which the band say are irreplaceable. This is pretty much the opposite of the sense of community that hardcore has. Here’s what the band had to say about the loss via their Facebook page:
We would like to reach out to you, our fans and supporters for your help right now. We had some band equipment stolen this past weekend, including some of our guitars which are irreplaceable. If you’re a fan of Madball, or just someone who would like to help, please keep your eyes open for these guitars that we will post pictures of. Check your local guitar store, pawn shop, anywhere someone might look to turn these into cash. This happened in the NY area, so that’s the focus of our attention, but New Jersey, Connecticut, anywhere is a possibility. If you come across these, please contact us ASAP so we can pursue further action. Thanks!
Keep in mind that while there’s a bunch of rack gear and a Marshall amp in the picture, it’s only the guitars that are missing. Also, if you’re reading this and you stole the band’s gear, you should a) go to hell and b) hope you don’t get caught, because street justice will catch up with you.
Ozzy Osbourne has battled drugs and alcohol for years, and mostly come out on top. However, a candle left burning at his house got the best of him, and he injured his hand and burnt some of his hair in an incident that required medical attention. In the early hours this morning (17), a candle that hadn’t been put out exploded in its vase, starting a small fire. Sharon’s attempt to throw water on it just spread out the oil-based flames, with Ozzy bearing the brunt of the damage before firefighters came and extinguished the fire. Sharon Osbourne spoke about the rogue candle on her daily show The Talk.
“At five o’ clock (in the morning), I heard a noise like metal had fallen. I thought it was my housekeeper coming in and she had dropped her keys on the tiles, that’s what it sounded like, so I didn’t pay any attention. A few minutes later, my eyes are stinging and my throat’s closing up, (I thought), ‘Something’s weird smelling in here’.
“Then my dog started to bark. I go downstairs and the whole living room (was on fire). The candle had burst and the cracking sound was the glass and the candle exploding…
“My husband had an operation on his hand yesterday so he’s in a complete cast… He comes down and goes, ‘Oh, the fire, the fire!’ (and tries to put it out) with his hand in the cast. Then he opens t he French doors and I go into the kitchen and throw water on it and it erupted…
“Ozzy’s front of his hair from (his ear down is), gone! His eyebrows (are gone)… he’s got like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots, it was like The Three Stooges… Everything you are not meant to do – go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on – we did it all.”
It’s unfortunate that Ozzy, who had been recovering from hand surgery, re-injured his hand. And seeing the iconic ’64 year-old with a patch of his hair and eyebrows burned can’t be a pretty sight. If nothing else, let the Osbourne’s near-misfortune be your gain, and remember to extinguish candles when leaving the room they’re burning in.
[Noisecreep via ContactMusic]
Yeah, we know former hair metal icon Bon Jovi is more beloved by soccer moms than metal fans these days, but as a service to our contingency of ’80s metal readers, we thought you should know this. Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was arrested this morning after allegedly overdosing on heroin in her college dorm room. TMZ reports that the Town of Kirkland police were called to a dorm room at Hamilton College in upstate New York after someone reported the 19 year-old had OD’d on herion in her dorm room and was unresponsive. Apparently, when police showed up, she was found alive, but a drug task force searched the room and found a small quantity of heroin, along with some weed and drug paraphernalia.
After being arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia – all three misdemeanors – she was released from custody. A 21 year-old male was also arrested at the scene. Thankfully, Bongiovi is ok, and hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to her. If nothing else, she’s got a stern talking-to coming from her dad. Stephanie is the oldest of Bon Jovi’s four children, and the only girl.
Once again, there’s been an accident involving a touring band, thankfully, this one without any serious injuries. Glass Cloud, currently on the AP Tour, suffered an accident on Saturday, November 10, following the tour’s Seattle stop. While they haven’t clarified, it looks like snowy/icy conditions were to blame. They were slated to play Salt Lake City tonight, and as far as we hear, they’ll still be playing. The band made it out of the crash without any major injuries, which is great, considering what the van looks like. The band tweeted:
Seriously, THANK YOU for all of the support & love in this crazy snowy disaster. We def need this positive energy sent our way. Love you all.
It’s been one hell of a season for touring accidents. Aside from the horrific bus crash that Baroness were involved in, Converge also had a van accident a few weeks ago. And bus fires inconvenienced both the Shadows Fall/God Forbid and Periphery/Between the Buried and Me tours. Not even KISS and Motley Crue’s pyro truck was able to escape the run of bad luck.
Forget all the normal stuff you hear about how tough it is to be a musician – the improbably small chance of “making it” (whatever that means), playing for small crowds of disinterested people, making fractions of pennies for getting streamed on Spotify, and late night drug parties with Vince Neil. A much more present danger of being a touring musician is all the travel. Baroness is a prime example of that, and more recently, Periphery and Shadows Fall’s buses have caught fire. Now you can add Converge to the list of musicians that have had travel mishaps.
Thankfully, no one was injured when their bus hit a patch of black ice in Oregon. We’ll let Jacob Bannon’s Instagram take it away:
After driving all day/evening, we hit a patch of black ice in the mountains of Oregon. We were forced to turn into a highway divider at 40mph in order to avoid sliding under a slew of 18 wheelers. The van spun 180 degrees after impact, and we were left facing the wrong direction on the highway. We spent a few hours prying our bumper off our front wheels. Thankfully, we are rolling again. Bands, be safe put there. Never take anything for granted.
If there’s one band that’s probably seen it all, it’s Converge. We’re glad they came out on the other side with nothing more than an injured bumper. Ironically, it might have been way worse if they were in a tour bus that slid on black ice, so props to Converge for keeping it real.
Fire From The Sky became much more than an album title for Boston-based Shadows Fall last night who are currently on their “To The Apocalypse 2012″ tour with God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done and Trumpet The Harlot. Their tour bus, which they share with God Forbid, reportedly caught fire near today’s destination.
The band was still in Lexington-Fayette, KY last night when it happened and luckily no one was harmed during the incident. Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner stated:
Everyone is fine, I repeat fine. It’s no big deal. I was in my hotel room sick the whole time and had no clue, so please all well-wishers be known, it’s no biggie, we’re good.
You never know when those hangovers come in handy. Some pictures of the bus were released, however there is no information as of yet just how the bus caught on fire. Being the minor incident it was, Shadows Fall and God Forbid are not backing down from their current tour schedule in the least. Their latest album “Fire From The Sky” was released in May and marks one of many takeovers of Razor&Tie as the label to sign with in 2012.
It’s been a rough season for touring metal bands. In fact, this is the second bus fire this month. Thankfully there were no injuries, but this should be a wake up call for bus companies to step up their inspections. Catch the tour at tonight’s show in Lexington.
See that charred mess to the right of these words? That would be the remains of Between the Buried and Me and Periphery’s tour bus, which caught on fire in the UK earlier today. Here’s Misha Mansoor’s account of what happened, taken from his Facebook page.
Shortly after we left Southampton early this morning, our bus caught fire on the freeway. Thanks to Paul our awesome driver and Jake noticing something being wrong, as well as the incredibly fast response of the fire service in the UK none
of us were harmed and it looks like all our stuff is okay too. If all goes well this should not affect the tour overall. We have a lot to be thankful for even though it was a hell of a scary way to wake up haha!
Mansoor exaplined more in an e-mail to Metal Sucks
, saying ”it happened thirty minutes after leaving Southampton (England) this morning, and most everyone was fast asleep. [It was] a hell of a terrifying way to wake up haha! We had to run up this wet embankment in whatever we were wearing (which wasn’t much) while we watched the bus burn and waited for the fire brigade to arrive. Thankfully this happened on a day off, and since all of us are safe, this won’t affect the tour!”
It’s good that he can laugh about it, and even better that no one was hurt and the tour won’t even be affected. Given the awful Baroness bus accident that happened a few months ago (not to mention the much more minor pyro truck accident
with KISS and Motley Crue), it’s been a pretty insane couple of months for touring.
Everything was going pretty smoothly for Morbid Angel while on tour this fall. That was, of course, until they tried to cross the border to Canada. The death metal legends were denied entry into the country this past weekend, forcing them to cancel their shows in Montreal last night (September 30) and in Toronto tonight (October 1).
“Regretfully as much as we wanted to continue the musical onslaught, the Canadian immigration officers at the border had other intentions. Canada is NOT HAPPENING,” frontman David Vincent explained via Facebook yesterday. A few hours later, Vincent gave a slightly more colorfully explanation behind the incident, saying:
“The border agent had a critter in her coochie and simply found ancient reasons why she was refusing us entry. Yes we have been there dozens of times over the years. Why this happened this time is anyone’s guess. It’s unfortunate yes but my arguing with the bitch was only going to add more drama and possibly arrest to an already painful situation. Apologies to our friends and fans…”
As Vincent explains, an exact reason behind getting denied at the border has yet to be given. However, Morbid Angel’s tourmates Dark Funeral and Grave are expected to play the shows as scheduled. Could Canada really hate Illud Divinum Insanus that much?
Decrepit Birth just cannot get a break on the road. Earlier this week, the progressive death metal group’s tour van caught on fire, forcing them to acquire rental. Just a few days later, Decrepit Birth’s rental van was broken into while performing in San Francisco. As a result, the band has been forced to drop off the remainder of their tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.
Decrepit Birth issued the following statement via Facebook regarding the unfortunate turn of events:
“More bad energy has come to us in the form of a theft last night in San Francisco. Our rental van had the side window broken out and all of our personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and id’s were stolen. This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked.
At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can’t afford. We had a great time touring with our brothers in Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. These bands we’re beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we’ve gone through. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We’re down but not out….
If you feel like donating to our new van fund, you can send your donation via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. We really appreciate that our fans have reached out to us and offered to help, you guys are the best!”
It’s always a bummer to hear stories of bands getting robbed while on the road, and even sadder when such incidents force said bands to cancel shows. We strongly encourage everyone one to send at least a small donation via Paypal to email@example.com so that they can get a new van and hit the road soon.