Weezer cancel tour after bus crash

The band have pulled the rest of their US tour following an accident that left singer Rivers Cuomo hospitalised with 'very painful internal damage'

Weezer have cancelled the remainder of their US tour after singer Rivers Cuomo broke three ribs and sustained "very painful internal damage" in a bus accident on Sunday morning. Initially unable to speak or move, the Weezer frontman was reportedly trapped in the vehicle after its doors were fused shut.

Cuomo is now recovering in hospital, according to Weezer's friend and webmaster, Karl Koch. In a post to the band's website, Koch detailed the traumatic early morning crash, his arrival at the scene and seeing Cuomo being extracted from the wreck. "I couldn't believe what was happening in front of me, as Rivers lay so helpless, shivering in the centre of the chaos."

Besides the driver, only Cuomo, his wife, two-year-old daughter, assistant and nanny were in the bus when it crashed. They were on a New York state highway, en route to Boston, when the vehicle hit a patch of black ice. "The driver employed every ounce of skill he had in fighting to keep the bus upright as the vehicle violently fishtailed over the highway," Koch explained. "While the bus did indeed go off the road, plunging about eight to 10 vertical feet [2.5-3m] into a muddy ravine, it did not flip or roll, despite having plowed right over a guardrail, flattening it."

"Everyone on the bus was either terrified or injured or both," Koch wrote. As the bus swerved, food and clothing items were thrown everywhere, glass shattered and the refrigerator "flew" off the wall. Cuomo's wife Sarah and his assistant Kim were thrown from their upper bunks with Kim suffering two fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae. A more terrifying scene took place at the back of the vehicle, where Cuomo was relaxing in the lounge. Heaved into the air, he cracked three ribs upon landing and hurt his lower leg "somehow". "On top of it the sliding interior doors were fused shut and the electronics were ruined, so no one could get into the back lounge where Rivers lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage," Koch said. "To top it off, the front door was jammed shut with five feet of heavy wet mud up pressed against it so there was no way to leave the bus."

Emergency workers managed to free the occupants, taking Kim and Cuomo away on stretchers. Kim has been discharged from St Mary's hospital in Amsterdam, NY while Cuomo has been transferred to a larger hospital. "He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely," Koch said.

The remainder of Weezer's tour, including Monday night's concert in Boston, was cancelled. The band hope to reschedule these dates for next year.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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