The West Australian reports that the lead singer of the Geelong, Victoria, Australia-based heavy metal band THE RED SHORE has died in a crash on a New South Wales highway, according to the group's booking agent.An employee for Pan Studios in Geelong said the company had received news that the singer, believed to be about 23, had died in the crash. The group's driver and merchandiser had also been killed, she said. The men died after their minivan veered off the Pacific Highway north of Coffs Harbour and hit a tree. One man died at the scene and seven others were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital. One of the injured men, a 30-year-old who had been trapped in the van wreckage for an hour, died in hospital from serious head injuries. THE RED SHORE were touring with U.S. death metal outfit ALL SHALL PERISH on the "Christmas Carnage" tour, when the crash occurred. Both bands played at Brisbane's Club Phoenix on Tuesday night and were scheduled to play at Hermann's Bar at Sydney University on Wednesday night. The van carrying eight men, most aged in their 20s, plunged down an embankment before rolling into a tree at about 7am (AEDT). NSW police later said the two men killed were aged 22 and 27, and said relatives had asked that their names not be released. Jarrod, a barman at The National Hotel in Geelong, where the band has played, described the lead singer as quiet and "chilled out". "He was a nice, quiet guy, contrary to the band's music," Jarrod said. Sally Laver, the owner of Pan Studios, said THE RED SHORE's musical career had just started to take off. The band drew crowds of up to 200 people in their home town of Geelong, she said. "They're one of our bigger bands," she said. Ms Laver said the singer was "wonderful." "He was a very sensitive young man. "He was very passionate about everything he did." Check out a photo gallery of the crash scene at this location. Watch fan-filmed video footage of THE RED SHORE performing live in Australia earlier this year:
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