• Sweden's news in English

Swedish metal band trashes Vienna hotel room

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 15 Apr 2009, 14:52

Published: 15 Apr 2009 14:52 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"We are ashamed," confirmed the Gothenburg band's drummer Anders Johansson according to a report in the newspaper Expressen.

The band were partying at the Hotel Fürstenhof in the Austrian capital Vienna when things got a little out of hand.

Johansson admitted that a large quantity of beer had been drunk when he and guitarist Oscar Dronjak decided to show off some of their taekwondo moves on the hotel's furniture.

Dronjak reportedly injured himself when he tried to headbutt an offending inanimate object in the hotel room.

"His head now looks awful. We are hoping he will be able to cover it up. In Prague (this evening) the show is going to be recorded. He is very ashamed at the moment," Anders Johansson said.

Not satisfied with having destroyed all the contents of the hotel room, the pair also located the hotel's fuse-box and caused an extended power cut, which caused panic in the hotel.

The Hotel Fürstenhof is reported to be unwilling to comment on the incident. The band have confirmed that they have been served with a €1,300 ($1,720) bill for their evening of destruction.

Story continues below…

Hammerfall is a heavy metal/power metal band with members originating from Gothenburg, Mora and Mölndal. They were formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

They have released seven studio albums with the latest offering entitled "No Sacrifice, No Victory" in February 2009.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:36 April 15, 2009 by nightwish
One of my favourite bands.But i cant condone this behaviour,but if they pay for the damage done and then get smacked on their bottoms with one of their studded belts all should be forgiven.
17:39 April 15, 2009 by Paddy
This is terrible behaviour for a rock band! I'll not be renewing my fanclub membership until there's a public apology!
17:43 April 15, 2009 by fanihelvete
This is great PR for the hotel! They will earn so much more than what the band will pay in damages :-)
18:02 April 15, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
This is terrible behaviour for a rock band. Practising tai kwondo, Christ alive what happened to just "We did cos we can"? What next, "I'm so sorry, it got knocked over while I was doing tiger rising in my tai chi routine"?

Rock'n'roll är död.
20:08 April 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Haha...that is so Spinal Tap of them.
17:58 April 16, 2009 by Rap43
Rockers destroy hotel room.

Do we care? (no)

Is it a worthwhile poll topic? (no)

It must be difficult to come up with witty stuff day after day, but really...
12:22 April 18, 2009 by Benzed
How can this even be worth such a hullabaloo? Rock and metal bands have been doing far worse for decades, 1300 Euros is bugger all to get ashamed about!
14:17 April 18, 2009 by Tommysixtoes
Just Giver!
21:30 April 20, 2009 by Nemesis
A metal band smashed up a hotel room.

I remember a time it would have been a story, if they had not trashed the hotel.

I will now go back to worshipping my gods, Lemmy of Motorhead, Ted Nugent and Ozzy.
16:01 May 14, 2009 by tornXbloodyXwings
...I thought it was normal for a band to wreck a hotel room...

...happens all the time...
Today's headlines
Swedish photographer shot near Mosul
Hansen was being operated on in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Sunday. Photo: Nora Lorek/ TT

Paul Hansen, a photographer working for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has sustained light injuries after being hit by what appears to be a sniper while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

Trollhättan remembers school attack victims
'It was an attack on all of Sweden,' Education Minister Gustav Fridolin said. Photo: Thomas Johansson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday turned out for a torchlight procession in the small town of Trollhättan in southwestern Sweden to honour the victims of last year’s deadly school attack there.

Sweden wants emission-free cars in EU by 2030
Photo: Jessica Gow/ TT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available