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9th February 2017


DragonForce frontman Marc Hudson narrowly escaped very serious injury last week after he jumped out of the band's van while it was moving during the band's current tour of Australian and New Zealand.

A report stated that on Tuesday 27th June, Hudson and his bandmates were preparing to leave Brisbane early in the morning for their flight to New Zealand. The crew were loading up the equipment outside the hotel into a van with a trailer which was parked on a steep hill at the top of a long road leading to an intersection.

With the 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 when Marc jumped out.

He was treated at hospital for two potentially broken ribs, a sprained shoulder and various cuts and bruises.

Despite the severity of the singer's injuries, DragonForce did not cancel any shows on the tour and have since completed their dates down under with March performing in a sling. They head off to America later this week for a run of dates which carry on through until late July.

The UK tour takes place in October and joining them on the eleven headline shows will be Power Quest, who are set to release their new album 'The Sixth Dimension' on Friday October 13th.

Having shared members, with both members of DragonForce performing in Power Quest and vice versa, the two bands have a rich and colourful history that will make for an easy alliance on the road.

Says guitarist Sam Totman:

"Genuinely chuffed that my old mates from PQ are joining us on a full UK tour. We are so looking forward to great shows with them because we all go back a long way, and some light refreshment might ensue backstage also!"

These will be the first UK headline shows after the release of their brand new studio album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity’.

4th October: Glasgow - Garage
5th October: Newcastle - Riverside
6th October: York - Fibbers
7th October: Sheffield - Corporation
8th October: Manchester - Sound Control
11th October: Birmingham - O2 Academ
12th October: Cardiff - Globe
13th October: London - Electric Ballroom
14th October: Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
15th October: Tunbridge Wells - Forum
16th October: Dover - Booking Hall

Tickets for all dates are available right here.

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