Alien Ant Farm frontman Dryden Mitchell remains overseas recovering from
serious back injuries suffered in a bus accident in Spain last week.
The impact fractured his C2 vertebra, which is likely to require surgery,
according to a DreamWorks Records spokesperson.
Mitchell was transported to a London hospital Friday, where he was put in
traction and outfitted with a metal halo that restricts movement in his
upper body. There’s no word on when he may return home.
“I’m just so grateful that my injuries aren’t worse,” Mitchell said in a
statement. “There will be a lot of rehabilitation and physical therapy, but
I’m planning on working hard so the band can get back to writing songs, and
then we can get in the studio and record the new album as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, his three bandmates, all of whom were injured in the wreck, are
recuperating at home, the DreamWorks spokesperson said.
Alien Ant Farm’s tour bus collided with a truck on May 22 while on its way
to a gig in Portugal (see “Alien Ant Farm
Injured In Bus Accident” ). In addition to Mitchell’s injuries,
guitarist Terry Corso broke his ankle, bassist Tye Zamora chipped a bone in
his foot, and drummer Mike Cosgrove sustained cuts and bruises.
The driver, 26-year-old Christopher Holland, was killed, and AAF’s security
head, David Zajic, remains in critical condition with multiple skull and
“We are extremely concerned about David,” Mitchell’s statement continued.
“He’s our best friend, and we’re praying for a full recovery.”
Last week the band canceled all of its May and June tour dates, and now the
group has withdrawn from the July 27 Rolling Rock Town Fair as well (see
“Bus Accident Forces Alien Ant Farm To
Cancel Shows” ).