Tommy Vext After Crowbar Attack: ‘I Am Glad I Am Alive’
Former Divine Heresy and Snot singer Tommy Vext was attacked with a crowbar outside of his apartment Sept. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y. during an attempted robbery. Noisecreep is happy to report that Vext is recovering through physical therapy, lots of metal scene support and a healthy dose of PMA; that’s positive mental attitude, if you’re not familiar with Rastafarian vocabulary.
“My arm was broken, my skull fractured and I had internal bleeding, which resulted in emergency spleen removal,” the singer told Noisecreep. That’s enough to bum out even a superhuman, much less a mere mortal, but Vext is remaining as upbeat as he can be. “I am glad I am alive,” he said.
Despite his positive outlook, the sky high cost of medical care for the uninsured musician has led friends to band together for a benefit show at Santos Party House in New York City to be held on Nov. 28 at 1 PM ET. God Forbid, Mutiny Within, Dead Mean Dreaming and the Judas Syndrome will play the show along with Human Decline, who are coming out of retirement for this special occasion. Additionally, our good friend Frank from Metal Injection will play with his band Imperion. “It’s really a beautiful thing to have so many friends coming out to help me,” the singer said. “It’s really been the light in this dark time.”
At the time of the attack, Vext was working on a new, unnamed project with God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle. “At this juncture and stage of the process, [I'm] trying to heal and get better and keep myself out of debt and continue to write this record with Doc,” Tommy said. “We are halfway through a record, and it’s going along well. Doc is my best friend and we have been friends for 10 years. This project is the best stuff — vocally — that I have ever done, so I am excited. It sucks that this [incident] happened amidst the two of us starting this journey.”
Further demonstrating an incredibly optimistic perspective, Vext said, “Life happens. It’s just living life on life’s terms. I am grateful to all my friends and family in bands and the industry coming out of nowhere to help out. I am not going to be angry and hold on to it. I am too old for that. Holding onto that stuff might make for inspired music, but it’s not a lifestyle I have desire to engage in.”
The journey to recovery has been and will remain tough, as the singer also was a bouncer and he can’t do much of that type of work while his body heals. “I thought I was going to die, but it wasn’t time to go,” he said with acute self-awareness.
Make no mistake, though — Tommy Vext isn’t throwing a pity party on Nov. 28. “I want people to have a good time, too,” he said. “We are going to do raffles and have fun. I don’t want it be ‘poor Tommy.’ I want everyone to have a good time.”
Sponsors include Wes Klienknecht at Tree Sound Studios, Melissa Cross vocal studio, David Draiman and Disturbed, Metal Injection and Roadrunner Records.