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Opeth Frontman Slices Head Open On Mastodon’s Tour Bus

Written by John Ritchie on May 9, 2012

Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt cut his head open down to the skullbone while on tour with Mastodon and was rushed to hospital. Immediate reports suggested Akerfeldt had been involved in a car accident, however, this wasn’t the case. Mikael had in fact been trying to get a pair of underpants out of his bag when the accident occurred.

The singer has issued a statement putting the car crash rumours to rest and confirmed that he will be back for Opeth’s scheduled gig tomorrow:

“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.”

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