Weezer Bus Crash Update – December Dates Canceled

Weezer has canceled tonight’s show and the rest of its December dates after the band’s tour bus crashed early Sunday morning, sending frontman Rivers Cuomo and his assistant to the hospital.

The following dates have been canceled: Agganis Arena at Boston University in Boston (Dec. 7), Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. (Dec. 9) and Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. (Dec. 10).

According to a post on the “Karl’s Corner” section of Weezer’s Web site, “when we can reschedule the dates we will, of course. I have no ticket or refund or whatever info at this time, but stay tuned to this site and the ticketing websites for more info. For now its a waiting game for all of us.”

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The tour bus, which was traveling towards Boston following Saturday’s show at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, lost control and crashed at 7:18 a.m. EST Sunday on I-90 in Glen, New York, after hitting a patch of black ice. The bus fishtailed over the highway, and then went off the road, flattening a guardrail and plunging 8-10 feet into a muddy ravine before coming to an abrupt stop.

In addition to Cuomo and his assistant, Sarah Kim, the bus also contained the singer-songwriter’s wife, 2-year-old daughter and their nanny.

During the crash Rivers was “tossed around violently, waking up as he landed back on his mattress” in the back lounge of the bus. Although Rivers didn’t remember hitting anything he cracked three ribs, sustained “mostly minor but very painful internal damage” and also hurt his lower leg. Weezer’s Web site noted that after the crash Rivers “lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage.”

Kim and Rivers’ wife both fell five feet from their upper level bunks onto the floor. Kim suffered two fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae but Rivers’ wife survived the fall uninjured. The singer’s daughter, who was in her crib unit, and nanny, who was sleeping in a lower bunk, were also uninjured.

The jaws of life were used to remove a rear window bar to rescue Rivers and his assistant, who were then transported by ambulance to a hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y., 10 miles away. Rivers’ wife, daughter and nanny were temporarily trapped in the bus before being dug out by local EMTs and fire fighters because the bus’ front door was jammed shut with five feet of heavy, wet mud.

Rivers was transported to a larger hospital where he remains under observation, as of the blog post dated Dec. 6, which explains “he is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely.”

With the December dates canceled, Weezer’s next show on the books is Jan. 9’s gig at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco followed by Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. (Jan. 11), RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, Calif. (Jan. 13) and Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. (Jan. 15). In May Weezer headlines The Bamboozle Festival at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
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