Ruptured Testicles: A Risk Musicians Run
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2014

  • Posted by: Austin Price

I wonder if touring musicians don't have a special kind of health insurance: given the notoriously dangerous lifestyle, you'd imagine their premiums must be sky-high. Who wants to gamble on the well-being of people who regularly sleep on floors and in the backs of vans, subsists on nothing but cheese sandwiches for weeks on end and who have a reputation for rampant drug-use and physical violence?

Hell, even the most innocent of them seem prone to physical injury. Look no further than Delain, a Swedish band that sings regularly about Magic: The Gathering and yet somehow manages to end a live set by bursting the bassist's nuts. Literally.

See, the band's got a tradition for finishing their song, "The Gathering," by launching confetti from cannons. Apparently it's a pretty safe practice on normal nights, but last week something went horribly awry and bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck took a shot right to his testicles. He gamely finished up the show but, as a post on his Facebook later revealed, the damage was severe: his scrotum had swollen grotesquely with blood from his swollen testicle which then had to be stitched.

There's video evidence of the injury below but don't get too excited, you sadists out there: you can barely see the shot.

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