Watch: The Ocean Collective Vocalist Broke Both His Legs And Still Performed A Live Show

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While on tour, The Ocean Collective vocalist, Loïc Rossetti, broke both his legs and still insisted on playing with the band live. Per a statement from the band: “Loïc literally went a little too far and broke both of his legs 2 days ago, he’s got 4 fractures in total and needs surgery. He still played the L.A. show with us in a wheelchair yesterday [that would have been March 23rd] despite being in severe pain, and he will perform with us one last time tonight in Berkeley. Then he will be transferred to Switzerland for surgery.”

The band’s statement continues:

“The show must go on, we will continue this tour without him. We will play Phanerozoic II in its entirety for the next few shows, and run his vocals as backing tracks. We’ve always thought it’s super lame to do that, but under the given circumstances it seems like the best option and we trust you agree that this is no Milli Vanilli situation. Gabbo from Implore is with us and might take on vocal duties for some tracks too.

“By all means, please DO come out to the remaining shows to support us in these difficult times. This tour has been such a blast so far, it’s a big blow for us as you can imagine and of course for Loïc more than anything.

“Thank you.”

The band’s tour, playing in support of Leprous, began on March 1st in Columbus, Ohio. Below you will find a video of The Ocean Collective vocalist performing live with the rest of the band from a show that took place March 23rd. The video features The Ocean Collective vocalist in his wheelchair performing vocal duties as if nothing happened. Talk about professional!

The Ocean Collective is a German progressive metal act that formed in 2000. At the time of this writing, the band have released nine studio albums. Rossetti joined the band in 2009, his studio debut with the band being their two 2010 albums Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. The band’s most recent studio album is that of 2020’s Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic.

If you want to see The Ocean Collective live, you can find the remaining dates and locations for their tour below. Don’t miss out!

3/25 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
3/26 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
3/27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
3/29 – South Salt Lake, UT – The Commonwealth Room
3/30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
3/31 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
4/01 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
4/02 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
4/04 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
4/05 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
4/06 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
4/07 – Toronto, ON – Opera House


Words by: Michael Pementel