Earlier this week, Opeth's tour bus crashed into another car that made an unexpected U-turn in the middle of the highway as the band (minus Åkerfeldt, Axenrot, Äkesson who had flown home to Sweden) and their crew were on the way to Brussels/Belgium. Nobody in the band or crew got hurt, but apparently the driver of the other car got critically injured (and passed away later). Opeth will go ahead and play the Brussels date on the 17th as well as the remaining shows of the Progressive nation tour.

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following: "Myself, Axe, Fredrik and our soundman, Pontus Norgren decided to fly home to our families for a few days as the option would have been three days off in Brussels. Now I hear that our bus apparently crashed into this other car making a unexpected U-turn in the middle of the highway. Mendez [bassist] and Per [keyboards] were on the bus together with the rest of our crew but nobody got hurt. They are however shocked and very shaken of course. The driver in the other car was critically injured. I've not heard back from anyone yet regarding his progress but apparently it's not looking very good. Hoping for the best however.

I don't know where or when this happened but I know the bus was heading from Dublin to Brussels. I'll let you know more as soon as I get some information, but as for now everyone in the band are safe and same with our crew. As far as I know the only injured person was the driver of the other car, which obviously is horrible enough! To be honest, I rarely think about things, accidents like this, but fuck man, it happens! My mind's all over the place and right now I don't want to go back out. But... the show in Brussels on the 17th and the remaining part of the tour will go ahead as planned."

But now it appears that the Opeth bus accident was actually the result of a suicide: their tour bus crashed into a driver aiming to take his own life. Mikael Åkerfeldt explains: "I just got a text from [Martin] Mendez who says that the driver of the other car (who made the U-turn) that our bus crashed into, sadly passed away from his injuries. On top of that it seems as if it was a deliberate death-stunt from his side as the police had found a suicide-letter in the car-wreck.

This is just getting more odd and scary, I tell ya. I've no idea who he was but I have to say our condoleances goes out to his family and loved ones anyways either though we don't have a name at this point. I'm kinda lost for words here."


Source: opeth.com
Band profile: Opeth
 
Posted: 17.10.2009 by Thryce



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Elio - 17.10.2009 at 18:25  
Damn, this is a pretty much fucked up story, I hope the guys will recover from the shock asap. COndoleances to the family.
Mr. Doctor - 17.10.2009 at 18:31  
Damn... I can't imagine who the band feels. I would probably not sleep for days knowing that.

Condoleances to the family as well.
Rupert - 17.10.2009 at 18:41  
W00t go unexpected U turns!
Introspekrieg - 17.10.2009 at 18:52  
I was scared to read this article after looking at that headline... glad to hear everyone is alright and one moron got what they wanted.
Dark Seraphim - 17.10.2009 at 19:12  
My condolences to the family of the dead man but it does sound like it would make a story for a song. It wouldn't be the first time tragic events have been turned into a great song, great because it has a real meaning behind it.
dEAthB3D - 17.10.2009 at 19:51  
Well, accidents happened
AiwiAstwihad - 17.10.2009 at 19:55  
If i were that guy i would hit a rock or something not another vehicle!
I was involved in a car accident last year, know how it feels. The memory won't leave you alone for some time. Although It was not my fault, the other driver took a sudden turn, fortunately he was not hurt...
InnerSelf - 17.10.2009 at 20:15  
I was truely afraid before reading the news , but now that I know no one was hurt it feels better
May that poor man rest in peace
JosipS - 17.10.2009 at 20:35  
Stuff like this makes me angry, if you want to take ypur own life thats fine with me but dont try and drag innocent peoples lives with you.
Odium - 17.10.2009 at 20:41  
Written by JosipS on 17.10.2009 at 20:35

Stuff like this makes me angry, if you want to take ypur own life thats fine with me but dont try and drag innocent peoples lives with you.




+1
FRIENDSHIP - 17.10.2009 at 20:43  
Written by Odium on 17.10.2009 at 20:41

Written by JosipS on 17.10.2009 at 20:35

Stuff like this makes me angry, if you want to take ypur own life thats fine with me but dont try and drag innocent peoples lives with you.


I know; I'm getting mad that bands I like are having their buses victimized. First Decapitated. Now Opeth. It's frustrating.

+1
Thryce - 17.10.2009 at 21:13  
Why am I always the one suggesting a SUICIDE ATTACK? A failed one, sure, but still...

Anyway, Opeth one, u-turning jackass zero.
Opethian - 17.10.2009 at 21:51  
Damn, the title for this article almost made me crap my pants ..
Black Conundrum - 17.10.2009 at 22:08  
Holy crap. I'm glad that the band and their crew are okay. I give condolences to the unknown man's family as well, but that was very pathetic of him to u-turn into a bus and try to commit suicide like that. Blimey.
TheBigRossowski - 17.10.2009 at 23:04  
That's a bummer man.

Agreed with some statements above mine. Why try to take other lives as well? That's something only weak people do to be remembered for something.
LeChron James - 18.10.2009 at 00:22  
Fucking heavy. good thing no one got hurt and that poor soul that ran into them is free from his turmoil.
Doc Godin - 18.10.2009 at 01:02  
Written by dEAthB3D on 17.10.2009 at 19:51

Well, accidents happened

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Accident
ac⋅ci⋅dent
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-noun
1. an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents.
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Not exactly what I'd call an accident...
tulkas - 18.10.2009 at 01:55  
Well, at least the ones involved got what they wanted. The band members are ok, no problems there (besides the mind-fuck), and the suicide guy died.
distorted rage - 18.10.2009 at 04:30  
Any indication he knew it was Opeth's bus, or just the first bus or truck he found?

This is a tragic situation.
Daggon - 18.10.2009 at 07:48  
Well, I'm glad that everyone is ok Well, with the exceptcion of that poor guy.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.10.2009 at 09:14  
What an unexciting way to go out. The least this guy could have done is make his suicide attempt more exciting. Taking your own life is selfish enough... You don't need to get other people hurt too. What a fucking dick. D:<
INÆRIS - 18.10.2009 at 09:23  
The second I caught a glimpse of the headline, my heart stopped dead in its tracks. I'm soooooo glad Opeth are okay. If anything ever happened to Mikael Akerfeldt, I don't know what I would do. He's my hero. Everything I've ever loved in music I owe to him.

It's so weird that the guy had to crash into Opeth's bus. My condolences to his folks. Geez, what a mess. I hope the band isn't too traumatized.
BloodTears - 18.10.2009 at 10:16  
I know this is crazy, but I was worried that they wouldn't play here next week because of this. I'm glad to know they will.

Life's crazy, what can you do.
Kingface - 18.10.2009 at 11:48  
Wow, that's some crazy stuff and not in a good way. Really glad to hear that the band and crew are ok.
Hamird - 18.10.2009 at 16:34  
I'm wondering how stupid that suicide guy was.. He could chose hundreds of ways to kill himself. How he decided to do a suicide that he wasn't sure if he would die there or heavily injured?
Arian Totalis - 18.10.2009 at 20:32  
Written by Hamird on 18.10.2009 at 16:34

I'm wondering how stupid that suicide guy was.. He could chose hundreds of ways to kill himself. How he decided to do a suicide that he wasn't sure if he would die there or heavily injured?

Yeah, well, at least he got what he wanted, I'm sure wherever he is though, he's full of regret. Youshouldn't endanger other lives when you feel the need to take your own. I'm happy everyone in opeth is okay though. When I read the title of this article, I was like "HOLY SHIT! Please them be okay." it was a little bit scary.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.10.2009 at 23:08  
Written by Arian Totalis on 18.10.2009 at 20:32

Yeah, well, at least he got what he wanted, I'm sure wherever he is though, he's full of regret.


When I go to hell, I'll make sure to beat the shit outta of every ignorant fuck like this... for the sake of all of us. >:[
tea[m]ster - 19.10.2009 at 11:55  
If i'm gonna pull the plug it sure ain't gonna be by making a u-e in front of a bus
Warman - 19.10.2009 at 13:05  
The metal world close to yet another tragedy this month.
In_tallica - 19.10.2009 at 22:04  
Lol imagine if mikael had died.... opeth split up + like 500 people comitting suicide worldwide XD.
Arian Totalis - 19.10.2009 at 22:57  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.10.2009 at 23:08

Written by Arian Totalis on 18.10.2009 at 20:32

Yeah, well, at least he got what he wanted, I'm sure wherever he is though, he's full of regret.


When I go to hell, I'll make sure to beat the shit outta of every ignorant fuck like this... for the sake of all of us. >:[

What do you mean here? Who's the ignorant fuck?
Fat & Sassy! - 19.10.2009 at 23:00  
Written by Arian Totalis on 19.10.2009 at 22:57

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.10.2009 at 23:08

Written by Arian Totalis on 18.10.2009 at 20:32

Yeah, well, at least he got what he wanted, I'm sure wherever he is though, he's full of regret.


When I go to hell, I'll make sure to beat the shit outta of every ignorant fuck like this... for the sake of all of us. >:[

What do you mean here? Who's the ignorant fuck?


The stupid, selfish, victimizing twat who tried to take out a bus (and maybe more) with him on his way to hell. >:/
Arian Totalis - 20.10.2009 at 01:27  
AH, yes, I see.
THE_BLACK_GOD - 20.10.2009 at 17:36  
Fuck uuuuuuuuuuuu, go and buy a pistol then end your useless life. for me such ppl are not suiciders they are just killers!

car acidents for band members reminds me metallica's bus accident at 1987 which took Cliff's life. its so sad for me and thankz god that no one has hurt in this accident.
BuzzPhil - 28.10.2009 at 03:18  
Pontus Norgren is their soundman?? The guy from Hammerfall?
SatyriconChick - 12.11.2009 at 17:56  
That's horrible. That guy must have really been at rock bottom to do that. I'm glad none of the band/crew were hurt.
andreosokin - 21.07.2010 at 12:54  
Written by BuzzPhil on 28.10.2009 at 03:18

Pontus Norgren is their soundman?? The guy from Hammerfall?

hell yeah! Pontus is a very talented person and he worked with a shitload of bands

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