Weezer Cancel Tour After Rivers Cuomo Bus Crash

Becky Bain | December 7, 2009 10:04 am

Weezer is canceling the rest of their Raditude tour following the Sunday morning crash of a bus carrying Rivers Cuomo and his family—an accident that left the frontman with three cracked ribs and extreme internal pain. Cuomo is currently under observation at an upstate New York hospital, but rumor is he may be released today.

According to a post on the band’s website, Rivers was traveling through upstate New York with his wife, his baby, a nanny and a personal assistant. At around 7 a.m., the bus hit a patch of black ice, skidded off the road and over a guardrail, and fell eight-to-ten vertical feet before coming to an abrupt stop.

Writes the band’s webmaster Karl Koch:

“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.”

Eventually firefighters arrived at the scene and were able to free them. The damage was referred to as “severe,” and though Rivers cracked three ribs (and his assistant, Sarah, fractured two ribs and her lower vertebrae), the baby, nanny and Rivers’ wife remained uninjured.

Weezer had seven dates left on their Raditude tour, which was to conclude in Phoenix, AZ on January 15. As of right now the band is planning to reschedule the canceled concerts, though new dates have yet to be provided. The guys are co-headlining Bamboozle in May with Paramore, so hopefully Rivers will be fully recovered by then.