March 26, 2013 11:46

Baroness' bassist and drummer quit following 2012 bus crash

Singer reports: 'Some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness'

Baroness' bassist and drummer quit following 2012 bus crash

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US metal band Baroness have confirmed that two members of the band have left following their serious bus crash in 2012.

Drummer Allen Bickle and bassist Matt Maggioni were involved in the accident which took place in Bath in August last year with a message posted on the official Baroness website yesterday (March 25) hinting that injuries sustained by the pair could be the reason for them not continuing to play with the band. Written by frontman John Baizley, the statement includes a section in which he writes: "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."

Shortly before saying that both musicians have been replaced in the band and that Baroness intend to return to touring as soon as possible, Baizley clarified the situation, saying: "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."

Nine people were injured in August 2012 when a tourbus carrying the metal band crashed just outside Bath. The vehicle, which was carrying nine passengers, crashed and fell 30 feet over a viaduct. Seven people were taken to Royal United Hospital in Bath with minor injuries, but two were been more seriously injured and were taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. It was reported at the time that they had to be cut out of the bus by firefighters.

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