EVERGREY bassist Michael Hakansson was in an tram accident in his home town of Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday, Jan. 10 and had to spend the night in the hospital. 39 people were injured when two trams were involved in a head-on collision. The collision was so powerful that both drivers became pinned in the wreckage. Two people were seriously injured in the crash, though their injuries were not life threatening. Hakansson is a little banged up, but seems to be doing fine. It is unknown at this time whether the accident was caused by human or mechanical error.
"Well, at least I was lucky compared to a lot of others," Hakansson said. "My back and neck are a bit fucked up at the moment, but as far as the doctors could see now it doesn't look like any permanent damage."
To view two newspaper articles (in Swedish) about the accident, follow these links:
EVERGREY's new album, "Recreation Day", is due on March 11 through InsideOut America. The band, who will shortly film videos for the tracks "I'm Sorry" and "Blinded", are also preparing for some festival dates in Sweden, France and Holland. In addition, a smaller co-headline tour in Europe with KAMELOT is being considered for early spring. No word yet on any U.S. dates.
"Recreation Day" was recorded at KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque's Los Angered Recordings with producer LaRocque and engineer Rizzo. It was mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman.