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Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt: ‘I Split My Head Open Down to the Skullbone’

Mikael Akerfeldt
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It’s been quite a media day for Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt, with rumors of mysterious injuries flying around the Internet. Finally, after a ton of discussion, rumors and metalheads everywhere freaking out about the health of their metal hero, Akerfeldt himself has written a detailed and slightly hilarious post about his not-so-hilarious injury.

It was originally believed that the frontman suffered a broken arm in a car crash, forcing the band to miss last night’s show in Minnesota, but Opeth quickly put out the flames by revealing that Akerfeldt had bumped his head and required eight stitches to close the wound. See the gory photographic evidence at the bottom of this post.

Now, Akerfeldt took his non-broken arms to a computer keyboard and addressed his fans via Opeth’s Facebook page, explaining that he injured his head while retrieving a pair of red underwear from Mastodon’s tour bus. Strangely, of all the stories today, this one is true. Read his full statement below:

Hi guys! I’m writing from beyond the grave. Seriously, I was not in a car crash and I haven’t broken my arm. All that happened is I hit my head in mastodons tour bus as I was getting a new pair of (red) underwear out from my suitcase. Wish the story was more rock and roll, believe me. Anyways I split my head open down to the skullbone and had to be taken to the emergency. They gave me a bunch of shots in the wound, cleaned me up and stapled my head shut with 8 metal staples. Head is sore and if I smile it feels like the wound is gonna burst open again, but I’ll be on stage by tomorrow again. I feel extremely disappointed that we couldn’t play at the myth in Minneapolis, but paramedics told me I couldn’t. We will reschedule the show for our next trip to the USA. 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 for disappointing our fans in Minneapolis but I hope you understand. See you next time. Best. Mikael

The still-living Akerfeldt will resume playing with Mastodon and Ghost on the ‘Heritage Hunter’ tour on May 9 after giving his head a well-deserved rest.

 

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