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Swedish metal star hurt in head-banging mishap

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Swedish metal star hurt in head-banging mishap
07:44 CEST+02:00
Some inadvertent head-banging involving a pair of red underpants left the lead singer of a Swedish death metal band bloodied and in hospital, forcing the band to cancel a show in the United States.

Fans gathered to see Swedish metal band Opeth perform Monday night at a suburban nightclub in Minnesota feared the worst when they were told frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has suffered "quite a serious accident" and wouldn't take the stage, the local Star Tribune newspaper reported.

Rumours began circulating in the crowd at the Myth nightclub in Maplewood that the 38-year-old Swedish singer and guitarist had been in a serious car wreck while on tour in the United States with fellow metal act Mastodon.

While Åkerfeldt had indeed been injured and rushed to hospital, the circumstances surrounding his wound turned out to be somewhat less dramatic, if not more bizarre, than originally feared.

"All that happened is I hit my head in Mastodon's [sic] tour bus as I was getting a new pair of (red) underwear out from my suitcase," Åkerfeldt wrote in a statement on the band's website following the incident.

He explained that the unintended head-banging left him with a gash "open down to the skullbone" which required eight metal staples to repair.

"So all rumors of me being in a car crash are false. I did crash my head into a car though, well...a bus really. Sorry," Åkerfeldt continued.

"Wish the story was more rock and roll, believe me."

Formed in Stockholm in 1990, Opeth is known for incorporating a number of influences into its music, including black metal and death metal, as well as blues and jazz.

Åkerfeldt has been with the band with the start and expressed his regret at disappointing fans that had come to the popular night spot outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, to see the legendary Swedish band.

According to the band's Facebook page, however, no additional tour dates are expected to be cancelled on account of the freak accident.

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