Weezer cancel Boston show after tour bus crash

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Weezer have canceled the remaining 2009 Raditude Tour dates including tonight’s scheduled stop at Boston University’s Agganis Arena after a bus carrying frontman Rivers Cuomo was involved in a serious accident yesterday. That band is expected to make up the show sometime early next year, though no date has been confirmed. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

The bus was on the New York State Thruway around 40 miles west of Albany en route from Toronto to Boston after a snowstorm. Cuomo’s bus hit a patch of black ice, skidded off the road and flattened a guardrail before landing in a ditch. Cuomo was sleeping alone in the back of the bus at the time of the incident. After the crash, he was trapped in the room and emergency responders had to use the jaws of life to free him. He was then hospitalized for three cracked ribs, a lower leg injury and “some mostly minor but very painful internal damage”, according to a post on the band’s website from the band’s friend Karl Koch. Weezer’s assistant Sarah Kim fractured a lower vertebrae and two ribs. The bus’ other passengers, including Cuomo’s wife, two-year-old daughter and her nanny, as well as the driver were not injured.

Koch recalls the rescue attempt in harrowing detailing in his post, which also includes photos. He writes, “I couldn’t believe what was happening in front of me, as Rivers lay so helpless, shivering in the center of the chaos, and meanwhile the sun was coming up and revealing an utterly beautiful light covering of snow on the surrounding trees. I don’t know how to describe the wave of awfulness that gripped me as I watched, but adrenalin took over and the next thing I knew I was in the passenger seat of an ambulance transporting Rivers and Sarah to the hospital in Amsterdam, NY, about 10 miles from there.

Kim was later discharged while Cuomo was transported to a larger area hospital where he remains under observation. “He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now,” Koch says, “and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely.”

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