Posted in music | tour dates on December 7, 2009

the bus crash

The lead singer of the rock band Weezer was involved in a bus accident Sunday that left him and another passenger in an upstate New York hospital.

Rivers Cuomo, 40, complained of rib pain and was transferred, along with one other passenger, to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, New York.

Cuomo's wife, daughter, and a fifth passenger on the bus were uninjured. The bus was traveling from Toronto, Ontario, to Boston, Massachusetts, for a show Monday night at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. [CNN]

Weezer and Paramore are the first artists announced for the 2010 NJ emo & pop punk fest (that occasionally throws in acts like Weird Al, Gwar, MC Hammer and Andrew WK) known as The Bamboozle (May 1-2). Tickets go on sale Friday.

Luckily Rivers and his family are ok (relatively speaking), but according to a statement on Weezer's site, "the rest of the December Raditude Tour has been cancelled". Their full statement and more pictures from the crash, below...






Today at 7:18 AM EST, about 40 miles West of Albany on I-90, the weezer tour bus carrying Rivers and his family and assistants lost control as it hit a patch of black ice. The driver employed every ounce of skill he had in fighting to keep the bus upright, as the vehicle violently fishtailed over the highway. And while the bus did indeed go off the road, plunging about 8-10 vertical feet into a muddy ravine off to the right of the Thruway thus coming to a very abrupt stop, it did not flip or roll, despite having plowed right over a guardrail, flattening it. Kudos to the driver for somehow keeping things as level as they could be - surely this story would have been far more tragic if not for his actions.

Nonetheless the damage was severe, and everyone on the bus was either terrified or injured or both. The bus contained Rivers, his wife and daughter, their nanny, and Rivers' assistant Sarah. Both Sarah and Rivers' wife were pitched out of their upper level bunks onto the floor 5 feet below. Somehow Rivers' wife was uninjured, but Sarah sustained 2 fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae. The baby daughter was in her crib unit and was fine, as was the nanny who was sleeping near the floor in her bunk at the time. However in the back lounge, Rivers was tossed around violently, waking up as he landed back on his mattress. He recalled not hitting anything, but later we learned that he must have, as he cracked 3 ribs and sustained some mostly minor but very painful internal damage, as well as hurting his lower leg somehow.

The interior of the bus was a chaotic mess with broken glass, smashed glasses and plates, food and clothing items strewn everywhere, as well as the refrigerator flying off the wall and many drawers coming right out of their slots, spewing their contents everywhere. On top of it the sliding interior doors were fused shut and the bus's electronics were ruined, so no one could get into the back lounge where Rivers lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage. To top it off, the front door was jammed shut with 5 feet of heavy wet mud up pressed against it so there was no way to leave the bus.

Finally, using the jaws of life to remove a rear window bar, the local EMTs and firefighters got a ladder across the ravine to the rear bus window, where they could get to Rivers, eventually getting him and Sarah out on stretchers and into an ambulance. Meanwhile they dug frantically in the mud at the front of the bus, clearing the front door so everyone else could come out. To access the rest of the bus from Rivers' lounge, the fused sliding door was destroyed by the firefighters.

The other buses pulled up within 20 minutes of the accident, and already a long line of firetrucks and EMT vehicles were on the scene. I threw on my shoes and walked up just as the jaws of life were being turned on, catching a glimpse of Rivers lying inside on his back surrounded by EMTs. I couldnt 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 dont 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. That adrenalin would sustain me all day, as everyone's did, from family to band to crew - everyone pitched in to help however they could all day as things unfolded.

Fast forward to now - Sarah was discharged, a 3-4 week period of extreme pain awaiting her as she heals from her injuries the only way possible, with time and gritted teeth. Rivers was transported to a larger area hospital where he remains under observation. He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely. Hopefully tomorrow the docs will have more info. You don't fool around with internal injury. Whatever happens, we forsee some gritted teeth in his future too.

We are sorry to say that the rest of the December Raditude Tour has been cancelled - 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. Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes, we need them!

Weezer - 2009/2010 Tour Dates
Dec 7 - Agganis Arena Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 9 - Patriot Center Washington DC, Washington DC
Dec 10- Susquehanna Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jan 9 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, California
Jan 11 - UCI Bren Events Center Irvine, California
Jan 13 - Rimac Arena - UCSD San Diego / La Jolla, California
Jan 15 - Dodge Theater Phoenix, Arizona
May 2 - New Meadowlands Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey



Comments (23)

Wow, that's awful. Hope he recovers quickly.

Regarding the Bamboozle, Paramore is big enough to headline a festival that tries to sell 20,000 tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 12:41 AM

say it aint so

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 12:42 AM

i guess he'll really wanna go back to the good life that was bad, really though, get better rivers, catch you in may

well maybe,

Posted by Slob | December 7, 2009 12:50 AM

Crippling post accident depression followed by Pinkerton-esque 8th album? Thank you black ice.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:15 AM

terrible news. hope he gets a full and speedy recovery.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 9:52 AM

Nothing on the fact that dude has his own bus? Really?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 11:29 AM

why SHOULDN'T he have his own fucking bus if he wants? The guy is loaded...
Would you want to take your wife and kids on tour if you didn't have your own bus?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 11:46 AM

@ 12:41

Paramore are huge now.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 11:52 AM

leave it to weezer to have an epic press release of 829 words

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 12:27 PM

if it takes a bus crash to stop Weezer from plying it's cloying trade in pitiful throwaway dreck songs, so be it

Posted by gimme | December 7, 2009 12:35 PM

wow, gimme-- that's pretty awful...

I wish Rivers and his family a full, quick recovery.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 2:22 PM

Chixxx > Weezer

Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:42 PM

Serves the motherfucker right. I got in a car crash while listening to the blue album.

Posted by Ray | December 7, 2009 5:57 PM

At least we will be spared any new music from Cuomo for at least a month...Too bad that juvenile single of his is still stinking up the charts though...

Posted by hamandeggs22 | December 7, 2009 7:03 PM

the new record only sold 100k copies. doubt it'll stink up the charts much longer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 7:35 PM

hope Rivers gets better soon!

Posted by weezer | December 7, 2009 9:19 PM

If it only had happened to Brandon Flowers

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 10:43 PM

This is really sad to hear:(


Posted by Watch UFC 109 Online | January 27, 2010 7:56 PM

that's really awful.....!

Posted by bumper sticker | March 2, 2010 7:52 PM

That is really awful news especially for his fans.:(

Posted by printers london | April 29, 2011 11:47 PM

That was really awful to see him in this condition those days.
That really made me shocking when i heard this news.

Posted by amalfi coast | May 25, 2011 12:25 PM

important thing is that no one was seriously injured

Posted by email marketing | July 22, 2011 10:21 AM

I am glad no one was seriously hurt on this accident despite of the severity of the circumstances when the accident happened. The driver was so brave of keeping his composure even at the brink of death.

Posted by Harry Matthews | June 18, 2012 12:42 PM

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