This Ghost Inside article was written by Viktor Balchikliev, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.
January continues its black series as The Ghost Inside’s drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has revealed that he has lost his right leg, following the bus crash incident in 2015. In November last year, the American metalcore band’s tour bus collided with a truck while travelling in Texas, US. As a result, both vehicles’ drivers died and the members of The Ghost Inside and their crew were hospitalized in critical condition. The musicians are alive and still recovering, but the band announced its indefinite hiatus and had to cancel all upcoming shows, including the much anticipated UK tour in February.
The news came shortly after The Ghost Inside’s frontman Jonathan Vigil also revealed the extent of his injuries to include fractured back and neck, broken ankles and damage to his knee. Lead guitarist Zack Johnson and bassist Zach Riley are also recovering from numerous injuries sustained during the tragic tour bus crash. After the incident, drummer Tkaczyk was in a coma for 10 days and has been recovering from several fractures. On his Instagram page he announced the news on a positive note that he will definitely be playing the drums again.
After The Ghost Inside’s bus crash incident, the metal community ralied in support of the injured musicians and their crew. A fundraiser has been set up and backed by numerous bands, including Bring Me The Horizon and Architects among many others. In December, You Me At Six organized a benefit show in London with Your Demise and Deaf Havana. Moreover, The Ghost Inside’s label Epitaph Records (owned by Brett Gurewitz from Bad Religion) announced that they will donate all sales from their last album ‘Dear Youth’ (2014) directly to the band.
The injury update is the latest of a tragic series of events that involved musicians and bands in recent months. On 30th October, a deadly fire at a Romanian club took the lives of 63 people, including all members of the band Goodbye To Gravity. The November attacks in Paris involved a shooting at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert, which led to the killings of 89 victims. In the past weeks the music community lost two of its greatest legends to cancer – Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie. Our thoughts are with the families of all victims of these tragic events.
All scheduled UK shows for February have been cancelled.
‘Dear Youth’ was released on 17th November 2014 via Epitaph Records – see the above video for the track ‘Dear Youth (Day 52)’ from the album.