Southern California alt-metal band Alien Ant Farm has canceled all its scheduled performances in the wake of last week’s tour bus crash, which left a driver dead and band members with a variety of injuries. However, all injured parties are recovering and have expressed a desire to begin working on new material.
The accident, which occurred May 22 on a highway outside of Navalmoral de la Mata, Spain, killed bus driver Christopher Holland of Crofty, Wales. Alien Ant Farm singer Dryden Mitchell suffered a vertebra fracture in the accident, and was airlifted to a London hospital for treatment. According to reports from the band’s label, DreamWorks, Mitchell has been fitted with a metal halo to stabilize his upper body, and may require surgery.
“I’m just so grateful that my injuries aren’t worse,” the singer said from the hospital. “There will be a lot of rehabilitation and physical therapy, but I’m planning on working hard so the band can get back to writing songs, and then we can get in the studio and record the new album as soon as possible.”
The band’s head of security David Zajic also suffered serious injuries, including multiple skull and facial fractures, and was airlifted to a hospital in Prague, where he is listed as “critical.” The rest of the group — guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora, and drummer Mike Cosgrove — has returned to the U.S., having received treatment for less serious injuries in Spain.
“We are extremely touched by the response,” band manager John Boyle said in a statement. “Fans have been sending their wishes for a speedy recovery, and both the artist community and the media have come out in force to show their support. It’s wonderful to know that people really care.” Fans who’d like to express their sympathies are encouraged to write emails to the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group was touring in support of its DreamWorks album “ANThology,” which peaked at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 last September on the strength of the single “Smooth Criminal,” a Michael Jackson cover that hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.