Last August, Atlanta sludge rockers Baroness and members of their road crew were severely injured after their tour bus crashed into a viaduct outside of Bath, England. With the band still recovering and medical bills piling up, several of their friends and family have set up a charity auction via the Baroness Relief fund.
A Facebook page for the campaign lists a number of exclusive items, including signed vinyl from Kylesa, a snare drum signed by each member of Neurosis, a Line 6 amp from Meshuggah, a beer holster from Red Fang, and the snare drum Brann Dailor used to record Mastodon’s Leviathan. Other bands contributing items include Municipal Waste, Earthless, Napalm Death, and many more. While dates for the auction have yet to be announced, the page indicates it should occur within the next few weeks.
The band’s sound engineer Loopy Fiasco and label rep Rennie Jaffe explained their intentions for establishing the fund:
“We set out as friends of the band to do whatever we could to alleviate the band of their medical expenses and loss of income in their time of pain and journey back to being able to play again. All proceeds from this auction will be given directly to the band and crew affected in as transparent way as possible. No one involved with organizing this will or wants to make any money from this event.”
As previously reported, singer/guitarist John Baizley suffered a broken arm and leg, drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni both endured fractured vertebrae, and guitarist Pete Adams experienced only minor injuries. The driver off the bus, Norman Markus, is facing several charges, including dangerous driving and using a vehicle with defective brakes. He’s due in court April 5th.
Below, watch footage of the band’s first performances since the accident, specifically an acoustic rendition of “Stretchmarker” and Baizley’s late-January guest spot with Converge.