Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack Picks His Top Five Stage Injuries in 2011
“I never anticipated seeing 40,” shrugs Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack when talking about the top five injuries he suffered in 2011, at least one of which could have been life-threatening. “I smoke two packs a day and drink like a camel. I just don’t really think about death. I know I’m gonna die one day, but if I can achieve all of my goals and live exactly the way I want to before then, I’ll have no regrets when I die. I don’t try to hurt myself like Iggy Pop or Marilyn Manson or anything--it’s just the byproduct of the chaos of being onstage."
And his embrace of that chaos is one the things that make Biersack--who appears on the cover of Revolver‘s new, 100th issue, and whose band just released a new EP, Rebels--the fast-rising rock star that he is. The day after breaking his nose during a gig in Luxembourg, Biersack talked to Revolver from a hospital bed in London and revealed the top 5 stage accidents he suffered in 2011.
"We played a festival in Phoenix and normally I mock punch myself in the head with the mic, but I connected right with my temple and knocked myself out for the whole beginning of the first song of the set. I completely blacked out on the stage. For 50 or 60 seconds, I was lights out."
On Your Knees
"I was on a tour in San Francisco. I tried to jump off the drum riser onto the stage and I tripped and landed right on both of my knees. I had to wear knee braces for the rest of the tour."
A Nose for Drums
"Being a singer, I can easily break facial extremities, but breaking my nose in Luxembourg was extremely painful. I rolled backwards onstage and then stood up and I didn’t know I was right under the drum riser. The riser made contact on the bone right in the middle of my nose and cracked it from above my eyebrows right down the bridge. I fell down and was unconscious for a second. Then I got back up and went backstage to a mirror and saw it was huge and misshapen. They took me to the hospital in an ambulance."
"On Warped Tour in Boise, Idaho, I broke my tooth on the mic. I took a pretty significant chunk out of my tooth and had to have it sanded down. It wasn’t the most painful injury, but it was the most unexpected one. I always knew I could break a leg or my nose, but I never thought I’d break my teeth."
"In June, we were in Los Angeles at our CD release show and I climbed 30 feet in the air on a marble pillar and tried to get back on the stage but missed by about eight feet. I landed on my ribs on another marble pillar that was sticking out of the ground. I shattered two ribs and displaced one."