Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) has posted the following message on his MySpace page:
"Clearing a 15-foot pile of logs and rubbish along the property line. Wanted to plant a cool bush there. Had about a 10-foot log I decided to lift over the fence. Log slipped out of my hands, fell over the fence. Back end hit me in the jaw and knocked me down to the ground. Felt a sharp pain on my right side. Got up and was quite dizzy. Looked at my right side of my chest under my arm and saw muscle sticking out.
"Yup...a really bad cut. Went to get it repaired. It was about three inches wide and nearly two inches deep. The doctor could see my lung from the hole. An inch or two in either direction and I may not have ever typed here again. Seriously! Came within an inch of my major artery to my right arm and less than that to my nerves. I was very fortunate.
"So...I got home, tossed the log over the fence, cleaned up the rest of my branches and crap and had an ice cream sandwich. What else was one to do? Not sure another concussion is what I need, but a 10 foot log was still not able to knock me out!
"Not much else can top that today. May be doing a SPREAD EAGLE show in Europe at the end of the month. Awaiting details.
"Never a dull moment...I can see it now, 'He died in a bizarre gardening accident!' - SPINAL TAP
"I even put that on the medical papers where it asked to describe the injury!"