It's been well over six months since Georgia rockers Baroness suffered through a devastating bus crash while on tour in England. The band has been nursing their wounds ever since, focused on the goal of getting back on the road and finally performing a mass of songs from their latest album, 'Yellow & Green.'
In sad news from the world of Baroness, it has been revealed that bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle have left the band. Although specific details have not been offered, and likely will not be offered by the band, the departure of Baroness' rhythm section is linked to the band's horrific bus crash last year, which left the group's members and other passengers with serious injuries.
When fellow metalheads are in dire need, the underground music community has a strong history of coming together and selflessly lending a hand. After a gruesome bus crash last year, the members of Baroness were left with serious injuries and daunting medical bills. In response, acts such as Mastodon, Meshuggah, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Circle Takes the Square, Municipal Waste and many more have donated rare items for the upcoming Baroness Relief auction.
As widely reported,pProgressive rock masters Baroness were injured in a serious bus accident on Aug. 15 in the United Kingdom. After the band's tour bus crashed through a guard rail and plummeted 30 feet into a wooded area, various passengers sustained serious and gruesome injuries. The crash was attributed to a freak break failure at first, but now the bus driver is facing multiple charges, including exceeding the bus's weight limit, not possessing the correct type of driver's license and more.
Baroness had an incredibly successful year in 2012 with not only the release of the masterful 'Yellow & Green' double album, but also as a touring act with Meshuggah and Decapitated. Despite what was possibly the greatest year of their career musically, a horrifying bus accident has curbed the band since August 2012. However, frontman John Baizley and guitarist Pete Adams have slowly been picking themselves back up, as evidenced in this exclusive video of the duo performing 'Foolsong' live.
Decibel Magazine recently celebrated their 100th issue with an insane concert in Philadelphia, a show we dedicated ourselves not to miss. The show's lineup itself was incredible, presenting Converge, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs + Evoken live, but the most incredible parts of the evening came from Baroness frontman John Baizley, who offered not only a surprise speech, but shared the stage with Converge for the song 'Coral Blue.'
Baroness have released a new video for their masterful and immersive track 'March to the Sea.' Based on footage from their 2012 tour with Meshuggah and Decapitated, 'March to the Sea' showcases the mighty Baroness at the hottest point of their career before their catastrophic bus crash only months later.
Ever since a gruesome bus crash caused the career of Georgian eclectic collective Baroness to come to a screeching halt, the band has been healing in a multitude of ways. Frontman John Baizley severely broke his left arm and leg, drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni suffered fractured vertebrae, while guitarist Pete Adams was treated for more minor injuries. Despite the horrific pause in the timeline of Baroness, Baizley has written yet another uplifting entry on his health, along with video footage of 'Stretchmarker' from their 2012 double album, 'Yellow & Green,' played acoustically.
In this third and final part of our exclusive, hour-long interview with Baroness frontman John Baizley, we discussed his face-to-face encounter with the moment of death. Baizley shared his experience with what he perceived to be the absolute end, going into heart-wrenching detail about how his views of finality have been reshaped by the band's bus crash.
Here in Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Baroness frontman John Baizley, the musician discusses the gravity of his physical injuries, as well as his daily rehabilitation routine. Baizley shares the incredible difficulties he now faces when attempting to perform simple tasks such as folding laundry or opening a bottle of water.