3 Doors Down Cancels Gigs After Arrest
The accident occurred late Friday night in the Nashville suburb of Hermitage on Interstate 40. The Associated Press reports Harrell’s car hit a pickup truck that “went out of control, struck a guardrail, went down an embankment and overturned.”
The pickup truck driver, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., was ejected from the car and then pronounced dead at a Nashville hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
3 Doors Down announced Monday that the band was calling off its scheduled U.S. April/May appearances “out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family.”
The canceled dates included headline gigs in Bossier City, La. (April 26) and Nashville (May 4) as well as festival appearances at Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Fla. (April 28) and Carolina Rebellion in Concord, N.C. (May 5).
3 Doors Down will resume its tour May 31 in Moscow, Russia.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr.,” the band wrote April 20. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Harrell, whose car hit a wall and stopped a quarter mile away from Shoulder’s pickup, was driving at a high speed and showed signs of impairment, according to the AP. A police report notes that the bassist admitted to consuming hard cider and prescription drugs Lortab and Zanax.
The bassist was also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail after sheriff’s deputies found Harrell had stashed 8 Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and 4 Oxymorphone pills in a plastic bag in his sock.
The AP reports Harrell was being held in jail early Sunday on a $100,000 bond. He is due in court Thursday morning.