“I keep going back to the open trunk door, how it accordioned back after the hit and gave their backs and heads room,” he says. “After an experience like that, you split off into three ways of thinking. ” The second way of looking at what happened, he says, “is less positive.
When you’ve met death and you can see firsthand how fragile we all are and how truly horrific death can be, you know that this is something you’re going to have to experience again.
You can’t write that shit.” For now, the band is looking forward to embarking on another tour in 2017.
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I put that down and I turned around to say to Evan and Paul, ‘I think I’m just going to take the tuner out of here.’ I said, ‘I think’ — that’s all I got out of my mouth.” He compares the moment of impact to a particularly painful childhood sports memory: “Right before high school, a couple of friends [had] this pickup game of football.
The only other kids at the park at the time were these really big high school kids who wanted to play us so they could beat the shit out of us. That’s exactly what it felt like.” After a brief moment of uncertainty, Iero realized he had been hit by a bus.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that it saved me,” he says.
“You wonder if you didn’t survive and if all this is an imagination.
Maybe this is what happens when you die — your brain keeps going and you manufacture an existence.
Iero, Nestor, and Clegg were quickly admitted to a Sydney hospital, where they’d stay for two weeks before returning to the States for further treatment. No one that witnessed the accident thought that we would be.” Iero says he’s been working on trying to make sense of his near-death experience.
In the weeks and months since the accident, Iero and his bandmates have replayed the event in their minds. “I have a hard time allowing myself to believe there is a higher power doing things behind the scenes, but I tend to think things do happen — even the shitty things — for some reason,” he says. What can you do with that time you weren’t supposed to have?