Good news out of the Thirsty Merc camp this afternoon, with reports that touring drummer Mick Skelton is now awake in hospital and breathing on his own, following a devastating car crash last week that claimed the life of the band’s stage manager.
Mick’s good mate Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus has been keeping fans updated about his condition, and took to Facebook just after lunchtime on Sunday to report that “Last night, Mick woke up and the breathing tubes came out! All our collective love and energy is working!!!!!”
The good news follows an earlier update from McLeod, when Mick was still unconscious in the ICU, recovering from internal injuries:
“Scans/tests carried out on head and spine all appear to be clear. No other breaks and things.. We just need to wait and hold our breath and feel positive about everything while he sleeps.”
Mick, who is also the permanent drummer for legendary Aussie rock outfit Baby Animals, has been in intensive care in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital since the car accident last Tuesday, which occurred on Victoria’s Glenelg Highway as the band were on their way to a show in Warrnambool.
Thirsty Merc’s Stage Manager, Shane Cooper, was tragically killed in the crash.
Meanwhile, the future of the band’s national tour in support of new album Shifting Gears remains unclear, with Thirsty Merc issuing a statement saying they “will let everyone know about future shows as soon as we can”.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and playing a show with Mick and he is an absolute legend of a dude. Everyone here at Music Feeds would like to wish him the smoothest and speediest of recoveries.