Opeth cancel Myth show after singer hurt on tour bus

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Akerfeldt is pictured in the center.
Swedish prog-metal act Opeth was forced to pull out of their slot opening for Mastodon last night at Myth after singer-guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt bumped his head on the tour bus and cut himself, according to a posting on Facebook. He was hospitalized in the Maplewood area of St. Paul.

Prior to their set, the band's tour manager announced that they would not go on, and Mastodon and Ghost extended their sets to compensate for the change. City Pages' contributor Ryan Siverson was at the show.

Check out a picture of the gash Akerfeldt sustained and read his note to fans below.

Here's an update from Opeth's Facebook page:
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.



And here's a message from Mikael himself:

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
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Mastodon played for more than an hour straight and pulled out materials from all of the albums and not to mention Ghost, who completely stole the show...this was an epic show with or without Opeth.


I went to this show for the sole purpose of seeing Opeth. Kudos to Mastodon for being good sports and playing a longer set to try to make up for the "Car Accident". I don't blame Opeth for not playing if he got 8 stitches, but they don't come around very often and don't lie about what happened. Bottom line - I want my money back (minus Mastodon's cut) or an Opeth concert. Since neither is likely to happen, I hope Meshuggah takes appropriate safety percautions next week to avoid another Scandinavian cancelation.


Hmm, the Limey British Wanker announced a car accident as the reason for the cancellation! Like Jane's, I am going to place direct responsibility on the Brick and will be demanding a full refund!

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