Tokyo Blade were forced to postpone rehearsals for their upcoming tour as guitarist Andy Boulton, a keen falconer (seen below with an American Harris hawk) has badly damaged his hand after an incident with a Golden Eagle.
Andy said “she flew to me as usual, but when she landed and gripped her talons went straight through the gauntlet and completely through my bloody left hand! “
“When an eagle grips it locks it’s talons and there is no way of releasing it until the bird decides to let go. Not wanting to hurt her I just had to wait” A quick trip to hospital and several stitches later Andy laughed and said “it was my own stupid fault’ I had the wrong gauntlet for an eagle but it won’t stop me flying my birds . . . . I love it.”
The current Tokyo Blade line-up includes four of the five original members, Andy Boulton (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass), John Wiggins (guitar) and Steve Pierce (drums) and is completed by powerhouse vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow.
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