Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo hurt in bus crash, tour canceled





UPDATE Tuesday, Dec. 8: From Weezer's MySpace blog.

GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Weezer has canceled the rest of its December tour after lead singer Rivers Cuomo was injured when the group’s tour bus hit some ice, skidded across the New York State Thruway, struck a guide rail and slid into a ditch early Sunday morning, police said.

Cuomo and the band’s assistant, identified as Sarah Kim, were taken to a local hospital following the accident in the upstate New York town of Glen, about 40 miles west of Albany. Kim also suffered minor injuries.

Cuomo’s wife and 2-year-old daughter also were on the bus when it barreled off the road, but the two were unhurt. They were traveling east to Boston, Mass., where the band was scheduled to perform on Monday.

About 7:22 a.m. the vehicle struck ice and the driver lost control, police said. The vehicle mounted the median, then swerved back across the eastbound lands, rammed a guide rail on the right shoulder and crashed into a ditch alongside the roadway, police said.

Pictures from the wreck can be seen on the band's blog at www.weezer.com.

A message on the band’s Web site says Weezer is canceling the rest of its "Raditude" tour and will try to reschedule those dates.

Cuomo and Kim were transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Patrick Wilson, the band’s drummer, posted an entry about the accident on his Twitter feed hours after the crash.

“It was perfect conditions for black ice,” Wilson said. “Got loose going towards the meridian, driver saves it but bus goes thru guardrail into 6ft ditch.”

It was not immediately clear if Wilson was also on the bus.

The band’s official blogger and agent did not immediately respond to e-mails or phone messages requesting comment on Sunday afternoon.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Weezer had a handful of hits two years later with the songs “Undone — The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” The band released its seventh studio album, “Raditude,” in November.


On the Net: www.weezer.com

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