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Baroness' Drummer And Bassist Leave Band
Laurie Tuffrey , March 26th, 2013 07:16

Members cite continuing effects of last summer's bus crash in England as reasons for departure

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Savannah metal band Baroness yesterday announced the departure of their bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle, report Lambgoat via Pitchfork.

In a statement on their website, the band's frontman John Baizley cited their tour bus crash near Bath last August as the reason behind their exit, writing: "[F]or some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring".

Read the statement in full below, and scroll down for the video of the band's remaining members Baizley and Pete Adams performing an acoustic rendition of 'Stretchmarker', posted online in December:

"Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don’t want to invite the experience. Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.

"Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly. There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we’ll all be fine in the end. Second, Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).

"However, 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. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. 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. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.

"‘til the wheels fall off,

"John Baizley & Baroness"

Jasin
Mar 26, 2013 11:41am

such a shame it's ended up like that. Baroness are a wonderfull band and I wish I hadn't missed the gig they played near me last year now.
It must be absolutely awful for a group of individuals so close to go through something so traumatic.
I wish them all well and I cannot wait to what amazing music they come up with next.

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