Last year, Southern sludge rockers Baroness went through a terrifying and injurious bus accident that saw each band member hurt. Since then bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle have left the band, which singer/guitarist John Baizley says was part of an amicable split.
But now the boys are back and are ready to hit the road. In a candid video statement, Baizely and guitarist Pete Adams speak about their focus and their eagerness to embark on a tour. They also announce that they are welcoming bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson to the group.
Adams states, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
All tour dates, as well as the video, can be watched below. READ MORE
Savannah, Georgia progressive sludge metal band Baroness has announced a US headlining tour that will kick off May 24th in Philadelphia, the adopted hometown of guitarist/singer John Baizley. The band will be touring in support of their new album Yellow & Green (review), which was released last year but saw very little touring due to a horrific bus accident less than a month after the album’s release.
Guitarist Pete Adams explains, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
It was recently announced that bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle had quit the band. Baizley and Adams will be joined by bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson for the tour.
The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Guitarist/vocalist John Baizley of progressive metal band Baroness has released a statement in which he announces that drummer Allen Bickle and bassist Matt Maggioni have left the group. No replacements have been announced.
This news comes less than a year after the band was involved in a serious bus accident that seriously injured nine people, including crew and members of the band. The group was touring in the UK in support of their newly released album Yellow & Green (review).
Below is the full statement. READ MORE
In mid 2012, Southern sludge rockers Baroness were involved in a very serious bus accident while touring in the UK in support of their latest album Yellow & Green. A total of nine people were injured, including three members of Baroness. Singer/guitarist John Baizley suffered a broken arm and a broken leg.
The accident was caused when the bus fell 30ft from a viaduct, crashing into trees and brush. The weather conditions were apparently dreadful at the time of the crash, including “torrential rain” and it being “quite windy”.
Now, BBC is reporting that the driver, 39-year old Norman Markus, will be charged for the accident. He is facing charges of “…using a vehicle with defective brakes and breaching a 7.5 tonne weight limit. Mr Markus is also facing charges of insufficient daily and weekly rest periods and using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.”
We’ll report more on this as news breaks. READ MORE
Southern prog rock band Baroness have released a video for “March To The Sea”, which comes off their latest release Yellow & Green (review). The video takes live footage gathered from before their bus accident during their tour with Meshuggah.
Guitarist Pete Adams states, “So here is another video for everyone out there! This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012. Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green. You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.” READ MORE
Prog sludge metal band Baroness singer/guitarist John Baizley has issued an update regarding the band’s current situation as well as his own personal recovery since the bus accident that left him with a broken arm and a broken leg earlier this year.
In the update, Baizley also posted a video of himself and guitarist Pete Adams performing their song “Stretchmarker” acoustically. The song comes from their latest album Yellow & Green (review). This is the first performance footage from the band since the bus accident. It’s a beautiful rendition and well worth checking out.
You can read the full statement and watch the video below. READ MORE
On August 15th, hard rock band Baroness was involved in a serious bus crash that saw nine members and crew injured, some minor and some serious. Luckily, everyone has recovered. Now, guitarist/vocalist John Baizley has written an extensive update that details a firsthand account of the accident as well as the weeks since. It’s a fascinating read that includes a moment when Baizley need to break his own arm as well as the first time he picked up a guitar since the accident. You can read the full update below.
Personally speaking, I’m thrilled to hear that everyone is doing well. Yellow & Green (review) is an album that I find myself continuously coming back to. “Eula” is an incredible song that I’ve listened to more times than I care to imagine. READ MORE
After going through a horrifying bus crash, the members of Baroness are recovering well but have decided to cancel all remaining 2012 tour dates. Details about the bus accident can be found here.
In a statement made on their official Facebook, “John Baizley has been released from hospital. Allen and Matt have arrived back in the United States. All remaining 2012 tour dates are canceled. Thank you for all of the continued support.”
I’m thrilled to hear that the guys are doing well and I wish them a speedy recovery back home. I don’t know what the news is regarding the rest of the crew but I hope that they are doing great as well.
Nine members and crew of Southern prog rock band Baroness were injured when their tour bus fell 30ft near Bath, England. Two of the victims were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters. These two suffered multiple fractures. The other seven sustained minor injuries and are being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. There is no word yet as to who specifically was injured.
Apparently there was very heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of the crash. Conditions were so bad that air ambulances were unable to land.
The band’s tour promoter stated, “It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Baroness were involved in a very serious road accident earlier today and will not be able to perform at Talking Heads tonight. Our thoughts are with the band at this time and we wish them and their crew a speedy recovery.”
The band has cancelled all remaining European tour dates. I hope and keep my fingers crossed for the swift recovery of everyone involved.
Sludge metal band Baroness has released a video for their current single “Take My Bones Away”, which comes off their latest album Yellow & Green. The video, which shows the band in alive performance setting, was shot over one month by director Jimmy Hubbard during their spring tour with Meshuggah.
You can get the album on iTunes. Also, make sure to read our review here. READ MORE
Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Baroness is a four-piece group that plays a mixture of sludge and melodic metal with traces of prog and a sprinkle of punk. With elements of these genres, you KNOW that I was intrigued to listen to their latest offering. After all, they’ve toured with Metallica, Opeth, Clutch, Mastodon, and many more influential, fantastic artists. Add to this the fact that both Red and Blue are fascinating, incredible albums, and I was all set to sit back and delve into the two-disc set that is Yellow & Green. So, was I satisfied or left wanting? READ MORE