Alexi Laiho, guitarist and frontman for Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, has sustained a serious injury while on the road as part of the No Fear Energy Tour alongside Lamb of God. Laiho, who was recently named as the world’s "Best Metal Guitarist" in the 15th annual Guitar World Reader’s Poll, broke his shoulder when he was ejected from his bunk as a result of the band’s tour bus taking an irregularly harsh sharp turn. Laiho and Children of Bodom are touring North America in support of the band’s critically acclaimed album Blooddrunk.
Against recommendation, Laiho -- who is regularly in the news for sustaining injuries -- has decided to remain on tour and will bite the bullet to give metal fans the electric live performances they have come to love from the Finnish act. For the duration of the tour -- set to run through May 15 -- Alexi will be resigned to wearing the arm in a sling, restricting movement at all times when he is not on stage.
When asked for comment, the celebrated axe-slinger said, "Four nights ago I fell out of my bunk in the tour bus and came down pretty damn hard as the driver was taking a sharp turn. It turns out I have a broken shoulder as well as internal bleeding. I am going through a great deal of pain every second that I am awake. However, I can still play the guitar and I will give everything I have to try to finish this tour and play every remaining show! I would just like to apologize in advance for not being able to move around or sing with my full power at all times and I hope the COB fans understand."
In addition to Laiho, Children of Bodom features Roope Latvala (guitar), Janne Warman (keyboard), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and drummer Jaska Raatikainen.
CHILDREN OF BODOM tour dates:
- May 5 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
- May 6 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Theater
- May 8 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- May 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
- May 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
- May 12 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
- May 13 - Albany, NY @ Washington St. Armory
- May 14 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva ** CHILDREN OF BODOM and As I Lay Dying only **
- May 15 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues