Video: Rock band Baroness ready to start playing again following terrifying crash near Bristol
American heavy metal band Baroness are reading to get back to playing music - four months after a terrifying coach crash near Bristol.
Guitarist John Baizley said it was "time to get back to it" following the accident in torrential rain on the A36 at Monkton Combe in August.
He told the band's website: "Simply put: It’s time to get back to it.
"Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motorcoach-aeronautics) I can definitively say i’ve exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there’s not that many of them, after all).
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"In recent weeks I’ve come dreadfully close to boredom and in those moments I can’t help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities."
Mr Baizley suffered a broken arm and leg when he was thrown from his seat as the band's tour bus plummeted 30 feet off a bridge near the junction with Brassknocker Hill.
Drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni suffered fractured vertebrae. Guitarist Pete Adams escaped with more minor injuries.
The band have posted a rehearsal video on YouTube and thanked everyone for their support following their ordeal.
"I’ve tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle," Mr Baizley said.
"Furthermore, I believe am getting a touch of Stockholm syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic). Music might be the best therapy i have right now."
Recently Mr Baizley spoke graphically of the terrifying moment the group's coach crashed off the road.
He described in detail the moment of impact as the band was travelling from Bristol to Southampton after performing at the Fleece as part of their European tour.
"While we were airborne my eyes met with our driver's. I knew then that we each shared the same look on our face; and I won't soon forget it. We had spent enough time in the air to appreciate, make peace with and accept a fate we thought inevitable, and we looked at one another with a horribly silent 'goodbye' in our eyes."
The guitarist spent two weeks recovering in Bath's Royal United Hospital following the accident.
Now he has said: "Sure, there’s some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get 'back in' that particular 'saddle again'.
"As odd as it might be for me to write these 'updates' after 10 years of personal silence on the internet, I feel that I owe everyone who’s voiced or given their support to Baroness a brief synopsis of our situation and more importantly a heartfelt thanks.
"Honestly, it has made this ordeal much easier on me. What little publicity that surrounds our crash has given voice to so many people who have shared their own stories of injury, trauma and struggle with us and has furthered my own faith in the communicative and universal strength of music."