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Dragonforce Singer Jumps Out of Moving Van, Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury

Saturday, November 21, 2009 Category: Nation Specials, Specials Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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Dragonforce singer Marc Hudson is a very lucky man: despite jumping out of the band’s van, which careened down in a hill while the band was loading up after a gig in Brisbane, Australia, he’s only got a few minor injuries to show for it. Hudson didn’t even miss a show, performing in a sling the next day in Christchurch.

On Tuesday, June 27, Hudson and his bandmates were gearing up to leave Brisbane early in the morning for their flight to New Zealand. The crew was loading up the equipment outside the hotel into a van with trailer which was parked on a steep hill at the top of a long road leading to an intersection. With the music equipment fully loaded and just a few suitcases to go, Marc went and sat at the back of the van first, with bassist Frédéric Leclercq and guitarist Sam Totman following close behind. After they set foot in the van, the brakes started squeaking and the van started rolling down the hill towards the intersection extremely quickly. Sam and Fred, who were stood in the doorway, immediately stepped out, leaving Marc in the back seat with his seat belt on. The van with the trailer continued to accelerate down the hill. Drummer Gee Anzalone tried to run after the van to put the handbrake on to no avail as it was going too fast, as did Marc, who was trying to get to it from the inside. The van was headed for an intersection but was veering off to one side. Marc jumped out the side of the van a few seconds before it crashed into a tree and came to a complete stop. The van was said to be going at over 30 miles per hour at the time the singer jumped out. He since has been treated at the hospital for two potentially broken ribs, a sprained shoulder and various cuts and bruises.

To say Hudson — and the other band members — is lucky would be an understatement: this story could’ve had a way, way worse ending, thankfully they were able to find an injury lawyer in Irvine who helped them get compensation! Here’s to hoping he heals up quickly. You can check out fan-filmed footage of Hudson performing in a sling the next day below.


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9 Comments

  1. Xavier says:

    Hello to everyone!

    Yesterday I discovered your podcast, and I blieve it’s by far the best metal podcast I’ve ever known. I’m downloading all the episodes! 💡

    About this special, as I write from Spain, I’d say that you’ve missed maybe the two best Spanish metal bands of all the times: Obús, and specially, Barón Rojo. But I guess you’ve tried to offer a more present day perspective. 🙂

    Keep on doing this excellent work, and I suggest you (sorry if I dare too much!) to make a Barón Rojo special, or Barón Rojo / Obús if you thinks it’s better. I promise you won’t be disappointed by the music’s quality.

    Thnaks you again and LONG LIVE METAL!!! :headbang

  2. Josephine says:

    Excellent! I am most pleased for you started the metalcast with my all time favorite adventure metal band: Dark Moor. Thank you, thank you for creating the BEST metal podcast. I will listen so long as my ears allow. ❗

  3. Awesome! I’ve been awaiting a Spanish Special. Great episode as always :headbang

  4. Mighty Jhon says:

    Godd tracklist, :thumpsup 💡

    but you missed Mago The Oz

    • Polina says:

      Hi Jhon!
      Thanks for your comment! Glad you enjoyed it! 💡

      Mago de Oz are great no doubt, and there’s a bunch of other nice bands too. We just couldn’t squeeze all of them in one show.
      We played Mago before a few times, and they can always be featured on a Vol.2 at some point in the future 😉

      • Mighty Jhon says:

        Glad to hear it :thumpsup lately I’ve been browsing a lot the metal cast, I really didn’t know what I was missing 💡

  5. Polina says:

    Karsty, who is this charming man on the cover of the episode? :teeth
    his cap says “Jesus” :crack:

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