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Crashing the Party 

Chimaira's latest road show gets off to a rocky start.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, saluting the crowd - April 24 at Gund Arena. - AMY  WEISER
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  • Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, saluting the crowd April 24 at Gund Arena.

Not a week into Chimaira's first tour in support of its forthcoming album Impossibility of Reason, the band was involved in a bus accident. As Chimaira made its way from Buffalo to Virginia early in the morning of Monday, April 21, its tour bus slid out of control, smashing into a construction barricade.

"With so much weight in the back, including a 15-foot trailer, the bus did a wheelie at one point, and the front end clipped a barricade coming down, taking some of the concrete with it," Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter said through the band's label, Roadrunner Records. Though shaken, no one in the band or crew was hurt. Chimaira canceled its Virginia show, but resumed the tour the next night in Columbia, South Carolina.

In happier news, WMMS is sponsoring a listening party for Impossibility of Reason on Wednesday, May 7, at the Hi-Fi Club in Lakewood. There will be giveaways of the band's new disc and tickets to Chimaira's stop at the Odeon on May 14, as well as posters, stickers, and samplers. The event will be followed by heavy-metal karaoke with former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris. We suggest Overkill's "Wrecking Crew."

Guitarist Justin Harberer recently joined Cleveland's promising emotive punks Quickening. You can meet the new lineup this Saturday when the band plays at the Vortex with Columbus's Stepford Five.

The latest release from Cleveland film company, The Deep Dark Woods, features a soundtrack boasting eight local bands, including quarrelsome Parma punks Pride of Ohio, one-man industrial maelstrom the Donner Party, and local power-pop combo This Is Exploding. Visit for details on how to get copies of the disc and the movie, which contains plenty of gore and a gratuitous lesbian scene.

Cleveland hardcore pugilists Allergic to Whores are already on this year's Warped Tour, and a handful of other regional bands have a chance to join them when the tour hits the Tower City Amphitheater on August 5. As part of the Monster Energy/ Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 7 competition, four groups will be selected to play the Ernie Ball Local Heroes Mobile Stage. In past years, the stage has featured Cleveland punk favorites such as the Sign-Offs and AAK, as well as Youngstown rockers Ivet. To enter, bands must upload photos, a bio, and a one-song MP3 file at by May 21. All bands that enter will be eligible to win thousands of dollars' worth of gear in the site's online fan vote of favorite submissions, to be held from June 15 through September 3. Four more bands will be chosen by a panel of judges to play for a roomful of record label execs at L.A.'s Key Club in October.

Share a gardenburger with the original shock rocker Tuesday, May 6, when Alice Cooper comes to town to celebrate the first anniversary of his Cooper'stown restaurant. Alice will sign autographs and hang with the crowd.

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