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.”