After a difficult moment in the band's career last year in England when they were involved in a coach crash, Baroness has lost two of its band members due to physical and psychological repercussions from the accident: drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni, leaving the band with only two members. However, Baroness confirm that they have found two new musicians that will tour with the band.

Statement from John Baizley: "Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don't want to invite the experience. Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.

Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly. There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we'll all be fine in the end. Second, Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).

However, for some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring. It is with sadness that we must announce that Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle will not continue touring with Baroness. The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we'd like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness. While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August."

Band profile: Baroness
Posted: 26.03.2013 by Bad English


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SSM - 26.03.2013 at 15:48  
I just read the title and I thought they died or something.
Next time, please choose more specific titles

Anyway, that crash was really awful and it's good they're all still in good health.
errorcode99 - 26.03.2013 at 18:38  
That title got me worried for a second!
Boxcar Willy - 26.03.2013 at 18:44  
Was gonna say "inb4 title scare" but it seems I was too late.
bloodwrage - 27.03.2013 at 01:23  
Seriously, could this have been phrased a little better? Like "Two Members Leave Band"?
Boxcar Willy - 27.03.2013 at 01:49  
Or you could just just read the article.
Dogsbreakfast - 27.03.2013 at 18:31  
Also in the news...

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I can't put my finger on it, but there seems to be a common thread.
qlacs - 28.03.2013 at 19:31  
This is bad... Hope they'll be able to put enough energy into the band again until they recover, maybe a break could do some good...
Whoblehwah - 12.04.2013 at 09:06  
Damn. I fucking loved Allen's drumming.

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