As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported early this morning, MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds suffered what the band's manager described as a "severe" head injury in an incident that took place sometime after the MTV Video Music Awards early Monday morning (September 10). He remains under physicians' care in a Las Vegas hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.MTV News reports that Hinds' nose was also broken, and he sustained two black eyes, according to the band's manager, Nick John. Although John did not provide details about what led to Hinds' injuries, he said they occurred at around 3 a.m. Monday morning, after the band had finished one of the highest-profile performances of its career — a guest spot in the FOO FIGHTERS' suite during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. MASTODON performed its single "Colony of Birchmen" with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme; the song appears on the band's 2006 LP, "Blood Mountain". "Thankfully, it seems he's going to [make a full recovery]," said John. "All I know is he had a bad head injury, broken nose and blacked-out eyes. He doesn't recall much." Several unsubstantiated rumors circulating around the web claim that Hinds was attacked shortly after the band's MTV Video Music Awards performance. Watch MASTODON's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (with a special guest appearance by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Josh Homme):
A February 2007 TV report from the Alabama CBS affiliate WIAT focusing on Brent Hinds — how he got into playing guitar and the formation of MASTODON (including an interview with his parents) — can be viewed below.