The internet blew up this morning with claims that Mikael Akerfeldt was in a car accident and broke his arm. Yet according to official word from Opeth themselves show cancellations in Minnesota were due to cracking his skull on the tour bus.
Many have already learned that yesterday’s performances at The Myth In St Paul had to be cancelled due to Mikael having an accident.
Right before stage time Mike bumped his head on the tour bus which resulted in a pretty deep cut that required urgent medical attention. Mike was taken to hospital which he left a little later with eight stitches and a nasty headache. He’s doing OK now and we expect him to be up and running (though slightly slower) again for tomorrow’s show and onwards.
Mike & the band were very disappointed not being able to play yesterday but thank everyone for their understanding and for the tons of get-well-wishes Mike has received since.
The band also thanks their friends in Mastodon for playing an extended set that hopefully kept all who attended happy
So the bad news is Mikael had to get stitches and is probably being monitored for a concussion but the good news is it was not a car accident and not a broken arm. Because that could have forced a tour cancellation. Not to mention the early report makes no sense because why would Mikael even be driving around anyways when they only have a tour bus? Silly sites getting all crazy with news and stuff.
*Update* After the jump is a statement about the incident from Mikael himself and a photo of the injury for your morbid curiousity.
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