Frankly, I’m almost surprised this doesn’t happen to more old school punk front men. Last week Wattie Buchan, singer for long standing Scottish hardcore-punk act The Exploited, suffered a heart attack mid show in Lisbon, Portugal. The 57 year old was rushed to the hospital directly from the venue and is thankfully recovering now. You can check out the video below in which Buchan sinks to his knees mid song before the band apologizes to the crowd and ushers him off stage.
The Exploited had just recently announced a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records, and are working on a new album for a late 2014 release. Nuclear Blast made the official announcement that the band would have to cancel their upcoming tour dates with Hatebreed in the following statement:
“Punk-legends The Exploited are forced to cancel upcoming tour dates with label-mates Hatebreed and stop all activities till May 2014. Singer Wattie Buchan has suffered a heart attack on stage during the band’s concert last night (Thursday, February 13) in Lisbon, Portugal during the ‘Tour of Chaos’ with Hatebreed and Napalm Death.”
We’ll keep you posted on Wattie’s condition and let you know if and when the band decides to hit the road again.
UPDATE: Wattie posted the following statement on the band’s Facebook page earlier today…
“Just had the doctor who is going to escort me home arrive. In Lisbon everything is looking good for to fly home tomorrow.
Latest medical update is I have had one valve opened up with a metal ring which basically has saved my life so far.
My other two arteries, one is totally blocked and then other is just about about blocked so I need a double bye pass when I get home. I need to take the medicine that I am on as that’s basically keeping me alive right now. Hopefully I will not have a long wait on a waiting list as the doctors here say I should get this done soon due to my heart being in such a bad way.
Anyway, that is what the situation is at the moment. When I get any updates on what is going on myself or my brother will keep every one posted with hopefully good news that I have had these operations and survived this. Cheers again for all the support and well wishes from so many people. Some of the messages have been a humbling experience.