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Baroness back to rocking after bus crash

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The members of Baroness are back on the road and making up for lost time.

The Georgia-formed heavy metal group's campaign for its third album, 2012's "Yellow & Green," was sidelined last Aug. 15, when its tour bus crashed in England, significantly injuring three of the four members. Frontman John Baizley has recovered from his broken left arm and left foot, while the rhythm section of Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni left the band after each fracturing vertebrae. And guitarist Peter Adams acknowledges that for awhile it was uncertain whether the group would be able to continue.

"There was definitely a solid chunk of time after the accident where things were up in the air, yeah," recalls Adams, 30. "We didn't know whether John would have full use of his arm or even have feeling in it because he had so much nerve damage. And, then, of course, not knowing if everybody was gonna be on bard to even keep doing this...

"But John's recovery has been outstanding. He pushed through it really hard. He was motivated to heal up as fast as possible and wasn't sitting around feeling sorry for himself."

Adams notes that Baroness' current tour is "back to what we should have been doing last fall," and with a new rhythm section in place he says there's a renewed commitment to both continuing to promote "Yellow & Green" and also getting into "the very, very earliest stages of starting to think about" the group's next album.

"I'll tell ya, spirits are very high on this run, man," Adam says. "Everyone's working really hard, doing a great job. The energy level is really awesome. We're feeling great. There's this renewed energy to this band that we needed badly, especially after the accident. It feels really good right now."

Baroness and Coliseum perform at an official Orion Music + More festival pre-show at 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $18. Call 313-961-9358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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