Former Sleater-Kinney Drummer Janet Weiss Cancels Quasi Tour After ‘Scary Car Accident’


Former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced on Wednesday morning (Aug. 14) that she's been forced to cancel the upcoming tour by her band Quasi after getting injured in a serious car accident. "Hey friends I have some bad news," she tweeted. "I was involved in a scary car accident last weekend in which my right leg and left collar bone were broken."

As a result, her doctors have recommended 12 weeks of recovery time, which means that the tour slated to kick off on Oct. 7 at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle, as well as the Quasi Border Benefit for immigrant rights that was booked for Aug. 26 at Mississippi Studios in Portland are off the books for now. "As thoroughly bummed as I am about canceling the shows, I'm also incredibly thankful the accident wasn't worse and so happy to be alive!" she wrote. "I am lucky my injuries will heal and I'll be back at it in a couple months."

Portland-bred Quasi, Weiss' group with her former spouse guitarist/singer Sam Coomes, announced the brief, seven-date West Coast North American tour in late July. Weiss said that frequent collaborator Seattle singer/songwriter Drew Grow -- who was in a horrible car accident in 2011 in which he broke his femur, feet and nose -- was also injured in last weekend's crash, suffering a fractured rib. "Hug your people and tell them you love them." 

Weiss split with Sleater-Kinney in early July after 24 years behind the kit with the group, a month before the release of their St. Vincent-produced The Center Won't Hold (Aug. 16).