TURISAS Guitarist Forced To Leave Band Due To Spinal Cord Injury

July 12, 2006, 15 years ago

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According to the official TURISAS website, guitarist Georg Laakso, who was badly injured in a severe car-accident in October 2005, has left the band. He has issued the following statement:

"Nearly nine months has passed since the accident took place, and after six years in the band, I have now come to the point where I am forced to leave Turisas.

I have been diagnosed with spinal cord injury which has an effect on all the functions in my body. In practice it means that nothing from my chest and below is working properly or at all, and I am now tied to a wheelchair - most likely for the rest of my life. Unfortunately my fingers are not working either and it is very unlikely that I will be able to play the guitar - or any instrument for that matter - ever again. To avoid sounding too gloomy I would like to point out that considering the circumstances I should have been dead many times already. Thanks to hard rehabilitation, zest for life and persistency I have already made some progress and I am slowly re-learning the basics of life. I have a hard battle of my own ahead of myself, but battles are meant to be won.

I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given me during these hard months. All the letters, cards and greetings have gladden my heart enourmously. A big thank you to everyone of you! I would have wanted to inform you much sooner, but my constitution and the unclarity in things have made it impossible for me to give any kind of a reasonable statement earlier than now. I know that also this is still pretty vague, but I am hoping to be able to give you more information when things first come clear to myself. There is no such thing as giving up!"

Turisas is not looking for a replacement at this time. They will do all upcoming shows with only one guitarist, which they have been doing since Laakso's accident. The band is currently concentrating on the work for a new album with a release tentatively scheduled for first early 2007. Their current tour schedule is as follows:


14 - Dong Open Air in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
15 - Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK


11 - Party San Open Air in Bad Berka, Germany
18 - Summerbreeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany
19 - Hörnerfest 2006 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

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