It took Baroness nine months to return to the stage following the horrific 2012 bus crash that left nine people injured and led to the departure of the Georgia metal band's bassist and drummer. Their first comeback gig took place in May at Philadelphia's Union Transfer, and a newly posted, official live video of the show's third song, "March to the Sea," suggests what a powerful night it was.
As the crowd chants "welcome back," you can see frontman John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams unable to contain their grins. Their new rhythm section of bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson channels the moment's intensity in their playing. Baizley, who suffered and a broken arm and leg in the accident, had discussed the importance of touring in a video before the gig. "That's the rehab," he said. "Physical therapy is one thing, and getting functional is another thing, but... touring is it."
Since the Philly show, Baroness have toured North America, hitting such festivals as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, in support of their 2012 SPIN Essential LP Yellow & Green, and will wrap that trek September 6 at George, Washington's KISW Pain in the Grass concert. They'll then head across the pond for a European run followed by a short Australian jaunt for the Soundwave fest.