Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have been involved in a serious bus crash while on tour in their homeland.
The band, who are on tour in Europe supporting Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE, were travelling from Oslo to Stockholm in a snowstorm at around 3:00am on the morning of 10th November and were near their hometown of Arvika when their vehicle skidded on ice, crossed over to the other side of the road and experienced a head-on collision with a snow-plough.
ENFORCER guitarists ADAM ZAARS and JOSEPH THOLL, bassist TOBIAS LINDQVIST and the band's driver were battered and bruised, but miraculously all survived the crash with only minor injuries. A county police officer at the scene said, "They had a guardian angel".
The band's vehicle was destroyed in the accident, but their equipment, which was in a trailer attached to the vehicle, was luckily unscathed. ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND and drummer JONAS WIKSTRAND were travelling in a separate car at the time and were not involved in the crash.
The band have regretfully been forced to cancel their appearances tonight in Sweden and on the 12th and 13th November in Finland and will be using the time to recuperate and recover from the nerve-wracking incident. They will resume the tour on 16th November in Berlin, Germany.
ENFORCER have posted the following comment:
"We're all alive and well but we're really sorry to cancel the gigs in Stockholm, Tampere and Helsinki. We're working really hard to get back on the road again soon!"
View a photo of the crash scene at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcercrash.jpg
The news of the crash has also been reported on the website of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet at http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article8099659.ab
Catch ENFORCER back on the road with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:
16 Nov - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
17 Nov - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Arena
18 Nov - Dresden, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
22 Nov - Munich, Germany - Zenith
23 Nov - Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
26 Nov - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
27 Nov - Lille, France - Aeronef
29 Nov - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
30 Nov - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Mainhall Box
02 Dec - London, UK - Brixton Academy
04 Dec - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
05 Dec - Belfast, UK - Ulster Hall
07 Dec - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
09 Dec - Manchester, UK - Academy
10 Dec - Birmingham, UK - Academy
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcer_airbourne_2010.jpg
Get ENFORCER's latest album, DIAMONDS, in Europe now on limited edition digipak CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_751
For more ENFORCER news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
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