Swell Season urges counseling for fans who witnessed concert death
The members of The Swell Season say they have attended grief counseling after a man took a fatal jump onto the stage during a recent performance, and are encouraging fans who were at the show to do the same. The band reportedly has even picked up the bill for some group-counseling sessions.
Michael Edwards Pickels, of San Jose, CA, jumped to his death from the roof of Saratoga, CA's Mountain Winery amphitheater last week, crashing to the stage near Swell Season frontman Glen Hansard.
In a statement today on the Swell Season's official website, the band said it had met with grief counselors over the weekend, and suggested that concertgoers needing help contact Kara, a counseling service in Palo Alto, CA.
"While we likely will never gain the answers we need, what we did get out of the conversations [with grief counselors] were of great service to our mind, body and soul," said the band's statement. "In regards to coping with what we witnessed it was a step in the right direction. We have come to realize that some of those in attendance may be in need of similar counseling and may not be receiving it. Our hearts go out to you and we want to encourage you to talk to someone who has experience in these types of matters."
Several group sessions are scheduled, which, according to an Associated Press report, the band is footing the bill for. The group schedule for drop-ins is posted at the band's site.