Today is the Day Cancel Tour Due to Serious Van Accident

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Friday night, Today is the Day frontman Steve Austin and friend were involved in a serious van accident in Massachusetts. Fortunately, neither man is seriously injured but the accident has forced the band to cancel the remaining dates of their tour with Eyehategod whom they had been touring with since October. Yesterday morning, Steve Austin issued the following statement on the band’s Facebook page:

At 9:30 PM last night while driving to New York to meet up with our Drummer, our van was struck by an out of control car that had collided with another car. My dear friend and TITD merch man Trevor and I had just left my home in Orland, Maine after a 4 day Thanksgiving break in between tours. We had just completed 50 + Shows since October 7th, both Headlining and Main Support for EYEHATEGOD. Our band was set to play 23 more shows starting tonight in Pittsburgh.
We had been driving for 4 hours and had just crossed into Massachusetts.
Suddenly, Trevor said Look Out! I looked towards the passenger window and saw a car heading in a straight line for the side of our 15 Passenger Van. The car was within 3 feet when he saw it and it nailed us perfectly in the side spinning us around 180 Degrees, followed by flipping the Van UPSIDE DOWN. Trevor and I were thrown super hard inside the Van with Glass bursting all around us, hot transmission fluid pouring down and sparks flying everywhere as the Van was sliding backwards and upside down the Middle of I-495 interstate. I truly felt at that moment that I was going to die.
When we came to a stop, I held on tight and waited thinking the next thing that would happen would be a car finishing us off and slamming right into us. I screamed to Trevor to get out of the van immediately for fear that it would catch on fire and explode. We crawled through the Driver and Passenger windows worried that oncoming traffic would hit us. Once out, we made our way to the guard rail. Disoriented and in Shock I was emotionless.

In one terrible second:

#1 New van was completely Destroyed.
#2 Equipment was Destroyed.
#3 Merch was destroyed
#4 Tour cancelled.

EMT’s arrived and Fire Dept. They took me and Trevor by ambulance to the hospital. Cat Scans, X-Rays and Morphine was given. My left arm was cut up by broken glass and the left side of my body was badly beaten and bashed on. We stayed in the hospital for 8 Hours and were finally released early this morning. When we got out the room we had reserved was gone and we spent another hour trying to find shelter and a place to regroup.

It goes without saying that It was Truly a Miracle that he and I were not killed yesterday. Fuck Black Friday and all that it stands for. People had been driving wildly going from store to store to save $10 bucks in the name of xmas. The capper was that the 2 cars that had collided were full of liars that would not admit they were the ones who hit us even though the police can paint match who did.
I am beaten and bruised and recovering. With the help of my friend Aarne Victorine that plays in UXO with me and his friend, we were able to pry open the back door with a winch to be able to get our broken stuff out of the van a few hours ago and rent a U-Haul to be able to get what’s left home.

I am devastated and still in shock since this happened. I am extremely sorry to the fans in the towns that we were supposed to play in over the next few weeks. If we weren’t injured so badly, I would have still wanted to try to make it to you some how. But for now, I am a father with 2 kids, wife and 2 dogs trying to figure out how to move forward after losing everything yesterday. I just want to let everyone know, that Trevor and I will be ok. It will take some time. Mentally, it was just way to heavy to deal with and we will need some space and time to try to make sense of what just happened.
I leave for home in the morning and will begin to pick up the pieces after I get to feeling better and can physically address the things going on.

Take care of yourselves out there during these holidays. People are careless and drive crazy during this time of year and no matter how careful you are, the other drivers can take your life in a second. I am thankful to be alive right now and can’t wait to be with my family. Again, don’t worry. If what happened yesterday didn’t kill me, I don’t know what could. Love and Peace to everyone. If you don’t hear from me, for a while it is because I am just trying to get myself back together.

This is obviously a horrible situation and heartbreaking statement. If you were thinking about picking up a Today is the Day t-shirt or picking up a digital album over at Bandcamp, now would be a good time.

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  • Tyree

    That is indeed very unfortunate and terrifying. I’m glad they are all alright. This is not the type of shit I want to read about a week before I go on my first tour. YIKES!

  • Never heard of them or heard them, but all the best wishes from me, you and the Toileteers here. 🙂

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Agreed!

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    This is very unfortunate, I’m glad they are Ok.

    Great to address this with ToH’s first post of the day. I’m gonna pick up one of their albums or a sweet shirt.

    • Tyree

      I have yet to hear the new album, Today is the Day for that I believe.

  • KJM

    Best wishes and good vibes to all involved.

  • Elite Extremöphile

    Damn, that blows. Hope they’re able to get everything moving again.

  • VV.

    As someone who studies traffic safety, car crashes seriously bum me out. I hope Steve Austin can bounce back from this.

  • D. Lee

    i didn’t know too much about them, always heard good things but they were scheduled to play my town next friday, and I was excited to see they hype for myself… bummer 🙁 (even worse so since my town never gets decent national acts, last show I went to was Baroness late 2013 :/)

    • It sucks that you don’t get many shows but I can’t really think of anything that tops Baroness circa that tour.

      • D. Lee

        it was an awesome show, the second time I’ve seen them. Discovered them outta nowhere a few years ago when they opened for BTBAM and Mastodon. heard the first few notes of the sweetest curse and I was instantly hooked

  • Tom Waits For Better Days

    Bummer
    (Mandatory today being the day joke)

  • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

    Since it seems like they’re not injured horribly:
    http://img.pandawhale.com/86898-today-was-a-good-day-meme-Imgu-fL7u.jpeg

  • Stockhausen

    I hate to hear about stuff like this. Steve Austin needs some rays of sunshine in his life.

  • Tom Waits For Death

    I suggest you give the remaining half an hour before the next post to familiarizing yourself with this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DpFMeqVhKk

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

      k.

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

      This is something.

    • i shall follow these orders.
      (is this the soundtrack to my annihilation?)

      • Tom Waits For Death

        I do not believe you’ll be annihilated. But you’ll be dancing, that’s almost as good.

      • Tom Waits For Death

        Just saw your new username, Haven’t Lolled as hard in a while.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Scary stuff. Glad they’re ok, it could have been so much worse. Wear your seatbelts and put your cellphones away while driving Flushers! Be safe out there.

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

      People use their cellphones when driving?

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        All the time here, it’s the worst. Texting behind the wheel on the freeway!

        • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

          ..

        • It’s getting outlawed in Austin at the start of the new year. About damn time.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I have been guilty of it, but I am really making an effort to be more conscious of it and more considerate to other drivers. I very, very rarely get phone calls or text messages that are more important than me driving my car.

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            Most definitely against the law in the Greatest State.

      • Tom Waits For Death

        It’s a ticket of you do in Finland, most do still use a cellphone while driving.

      • JWG

        The *one* day my mother did, in a massive traffic jam on the Island Highway, she didn’t notice the traffic had advanced only one spot then stopped when she started up again at minimal speed and kept rolling.

        In retrospect the 5MPH “crash” that resulted in zero damage to the bumper of the lady in front, coupled with her extreme overreaction up until my Mom got out and started taking pictures of the supposed “damage” with the very same cell phone, was actually really funny (I wish she had also taken video, seriously). But it was a little disconcerting in the middle of that crawling traffic.

        I was there, by the way. I just didn’t notice up until the light thud because *I* was navigating via cell phone app. Which was completely fine, because I was a passenger in the rear seat.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Man that really sucks.