Official press release

Award-winning Finnish heavy metal band Children Of Bodom was forced to cancel its remaining live dates as part of the "No Fear Energy Tour" with Lamb Of God due to injuries sustained by guitarist and front man Alexi Laiho. Laiho, 30, broke his shoulder two weeks ago when he was ejected from his tour bus bunk after the vehicle took a sharp turn. Laiho and Children Of Bodom are touring North America in support of the band's critically acclaimed album "Blooddrunk". The axe slinger was recently named as the world's "Best Metal Guitarist" in the 15th annual Guitar World reader's poll.

Against recommendation, Laiho had decided to "bite the bullet" and remain on tour, wearing the arm in a sling to restrict movement at all times when he was not on stage. But after performing ten live dates with both the broken shoulder and internal bleeding, the toll became too much for the guitar hero to endure and Children Of Bodom made the decision to cut its current tour short, placing Laiho's long-term health as its first priority.

"After the New York show (on May 9) I knew it was going to be over," commented Laiho in an official statement. "During the 3rd song I started feeling like someone was stabbing me in my lungs, my heart and my ribs. That was the kind of pain that neither stubbornness, painkillers, nor alcohol could alleviate. I wanted to try to keep going but after seeing a second doctor in Philadelphia, I was basically told that I could fuck myself up for life if I don't stop playing. Against all recommendation, I have played and sang for the last 10 days in violent pain which has only made my condition worsen. So, I decided to listen to everyone around me, who were telling me the best thing to do would be to go home and get some proper rest and give my shoulder some time to heal."

"This was a hard decision for me and I feel bad about it," he continued. "But it is the right thing to do if I want to keep making music. I apologize to our great fans for not being there for the remaining shows and I want to thank all the guys from the other bands; Lamb Of God, As I Lay Dying, God Forbid and Municipal Waste for backing me up on this. Most of all I want to thank our fans for still being there, showing support, and continuing to rock out with me! I promise I will be back and I hope you all will too! Horns up!"

After a few weeks rest, Children Of Bodom will start their European summer festival run on May 30th from Rock Hard Festival 2009 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. All summer festival dates will go down as planned and remain unaffected by Alexi's injury!


Source: cobhc.com
Band profile: Children Of Bodom
Event: No Fear Energy Music Tour
 
Posted: 12.05.2009 by Bad English



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Shadowcross - 12.05.2009 at 02:41  
Shit that has to hurt... at least he tried.
It will take awhile to get full movement back I think.
munson - 12.05.2009 at 02:48  
I'm not at all a CoB fan, but that man has some balls.

Major props for at least trying to stick it out (stupid move, though).
LeChron James - 12.05.2009 at 02:49  
What a fucking savage. 10 dates with a broken shoulder? jesus. hope it didnt fuck him up in the long run.
corrupt - 12.05.2009 at 02:58  
Insane!
BitterCOld - 12.05.2009 at 02:59  
Not a Bodom fan at all, but i have to give credit where credit is due. he gets my respect for trying to battle it out and continue the tour while AFU.
Glower - 12.05.2009 at 03:25  
Wow....
That's interesting.

Hope he gets better soon, anyways.
Got Mayhem? - 12.05.2009 at 04:47  
Oh God...You're done Laiho.
Remember when he broke his arm/wrist (i forget which) while bowling prior to the Blooddrunk album? I dont think he was fully able to recover and look at the boring album we got afterwards.

This guy had so much talent and he's wasting it away in booze, drugs, suicide attempts, and injuries. It may be best to listen to Kissing the Shadows and forget about the junk that came afterwards...Still a COB fan, but an old school COB fan.
Daggon - 12.05.2009 at 04:49  
Oh man, that must hurt, but it seems that he really cares for delivering his fans a great show, that is really "the show must go on" attitude haha.
Black Conundrum - 12.05.2009 at 05:59  
Alexi Laiho has my respect for playing the 10 shows in that pain. But it was the right decision to cancel the tour due to this pain, as much as it sucks for the fans.
Nickferatu367 - 12.05.2009 at 06:00  
Love him or hate him, you have to respect the man's devotion and will to continue despite his (3rd) arm breaking.
tulkas - 12.05.2009 at 06:01  
Is it just me, or is Laiho breaking into pieces. he's always breaking something, getting sick...
Paradox0 - 12.05.2009 at 07:04  
Written by tulkas on 12.05.2009 at 06:01

Is it just me, or is Laiho breaking into pieces. he's always breaking something, getting sick...

Have you ever seen the man. Looks like a stiff wind could blow him limb by limb.
tulkas - 12.05.2009 at 07:38  
Yeh, that could be it. he's the muscular mass and body type of Monty Burns
Ernotar - 12.05.2009 at 08:01  
When I first heard about his new injury last week, I immidiately thought that they should cancel all the gigs until he's fully recovered. I'm glad they did it now that it may not be too late. To me internal bleeding is a good enough reason to cancel a gig, but I guess he thought mixing painkillers and booze would make him immortal. Laiho has had many injuries in the last few years, but at least this time the reason for this one sounds reasonable (unlike, when he broke his ribs, when the guys were hitting each other with pillows...)
insanity.peppers - 12.05.2009 at 08:24  
What an idiot. Then again we all know Alexi is an egomaniac, just like most great guitarists.
Thrash666 - 12.05.2009 at 08:25  
Fan or not you have to tip your hat to the dude...... Fuckin metal if you ask me

Get better Alexi
RockeRoy - 12.05.2009 at 10:08  
That's Metal:)
Italics - 12.05.2009 at 10:49  
Props to Alexi for his dedication.

But no props for slowly but surely drinking his body to death
In Bone Factory - 12.05.2009 at 12:33  
What a man.
Vitriolic Hate - 12.05.2009 at 13:17  
Hail Alexi for his courage to play 10 gigs with broken shoulder lml!! I hope will be healthy again & wtf must come to Greece someday lol!!!!!
MeloDeathViking - 12.05.2009 at 16:06  
Wow, thats ridiculous. I don't know how you do play with a broken arm, but definitly give him props for that.
Janne - 12.05.2009 at 16:10  
I don't care about the USA tour come back to Europe!!
Arian Totalis - 12.05.2009 at 16:17  
Well, damn.....damn
Carrion Misery - 12.05.2009 at 16:32  
He needs to drink more milk.
Sentenced Odiin - 12.05.2009 at 16:40  
Höh...i have a guess he was drunk
this is second accident...remember when he fell down from a car and broke his arm (after many shots of vodka of course)...
Alexi's brave, but irresponsible act (10 gigs..oh fuck!) is noteworthy and venerable...great man! keep on! Horn up!
Nexus - 12.05.2009 at 17:15  
I hope he feels better :].

I'm glad this happened after they came to Montréal.
MetalManic_Joel - 12.05.2009 at 18:11  
Blooddrunk "critically acclaimed"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
White Winter Sun - 12.05.2009 at 18:38  
Written by MetalManic_Joel on 12.05.2009 at 18:11

Blooddrunk "critically acclaimed"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!


Do you expect something different in an official press release, really?
DreamingDesire - 12.05.2009 at 18:43  
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 12.05.2009 at 16:40

Höh...i have a guess he was drunk


That means the bus was drunk...or the driver of it perhaps...
Thought. - 12.05.2009 at 21:18  
Alexi Laiho, World's Best Metal Guitarist...
Carrion Misery - 12.05.2009 at 22:52  
Jeff Loomis is a name that comes to mind that challenges that statement.
Doc Godin - 13.05.2009 at 00:00  
Man, this guy is fucking injury prone.
addiction - 13.05.2009 at 03:18  
Maybe he should have chosen a different bunk...
BlankFile - 13.05.2009 at 05:18  
He´s the "wildchild" for some reason...
Mr.Tugboat ;) - 13.05.2009 at 09:51  
He was drunk and being stupid thats how this injury was done i betcha. but god ever drink some milk alexi? calcium is good for hard bones
DreamingDesire - 13.05.2009 at 14:50  
For htose of you thinking he was drunk...

Quote:
Laiho, 30, broke his shoulder two weeks ago when he was ejected from his tour bus bunk after the vehicle took a sharp turn


...read it ^^

Gotta love the dedication and stubbornness! 10 gigs must have taken some toll :/
Warman - 14.05.2009 at 01:02  
Written by Thought. on 12.05.2009 at 21:18

Alexi Laiho, World's Best Metal Guitarist...

Why not? He's not my favourite but I certainly do not "lol" at it, he has some wicked skills.
Deus Ex Machina - 14.05.2009 at 03:03  
What a stubborn retard. I really love him.
Syk - 14.05.2009 at 10:59  
Written by Warman on 14.05.2009 at 01:02
Written by Thought. on 12.05.2009 at 21:18
Alexi Laiho, World's Best Metal Guitarist...
Why not? He's not my favourite but I certainly do not "lol" at it, he has some wicked skills.
Countless metal guitarists have "some wicked skills." What they mean has nothing to do with the real meaning of the words they use to express it, the "WBMG" tag is nothing more than a symbol of popularity - deluded and deceitful bullshit, just like all the calls that the band played melodic death metal five years ago
Vitriolic Hate - 14.05.2009 at 21:57  
Written by Carrion Misery on 12.05.2009 at 22:52

Jeff Loomis is a name that comes to mind that challenges that statement.

Absolutely !!!
Elio - 15.05.2009 at 18:21  
Those 10 gigs were nice for fans but a stupid move for him, hope it won't get worse.
Warman - 18.05.2009 at 00:04  
Written by Syk on 14.05.2009 at 10:59

Countless metal guitarists have "some wicked skills." What they mean has nothing to do with the real meaning of the words they use to express it, the "WBMG" tag is nothing more than a symbol of popularity - deluded and deceitful bullshit, just like all the calls that the band played melodic death metal five years ago

Of course, I know what you mean. But I still do not "lol" at it and they could have picked much worse musicians.
kodmani - 26.05.2009 at 00:21  
Alexi really loves his fans to the extent he plays with a broken arm/internal bleeding/he is dying deep inside. Damn ... if only we show more support for him .... WE LOVE U !!!!
Lord_Regnier - 26.05.2009 at 03:56  
Written by Elio on 15.05.2009 at 18:21

Those 10 gigs were nice for fans but a stupid move for him, hope it won't get worse.


I agree. Alexi Laiho really needs to stop spoiling his talent with all kinds of silly things.
Maybe if he didn't take so much booze and drugs he could write good music again, like on CoB's first 3 albums. This band sucks since a while and probably won't go anywhere musically, as long as Laiho will act like an idiot. Not to mention he will end up buried six feet under at a young age, if he carries on like that. He's ruining his health, he looks like an undead.

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