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Man's suicide haunts The Swell Season, concert goers, video

By April MacIntyre Aug 22, 2010, 0:19 GMT

Unimaginable shock and trauma is being felt still by the band The Swell Season and the concert goers of the Mountain Winery concert that was booked last Thursday.

Mercury News reports the man who jumped to his death from the roof of a building directly behind the stage was troubled, and had domestic violence charges pending.

The beautiful venue at Mountain Winery promised a night of music and enjoyment, but the lead singer of the band The Swell Season was nearly killed himself by the falling body of a man who landed a few feet from him.

The suicide victim was identified as a "troubled San Jose man with a violent past, out on bail after threatening to kill his girlfriend and himself" according to the Mercury News.  Michael Edward Pickels, 32, was out on $150,000 bail at the time of his death, and scheduled to be in court on Oct. 5 on charges of assault with a firearm, domestic violence and false imprisonment.

Emotionally shaken band The Swell Season said they would not play Mountain Winery again.

Fans texted, Tweeted and recorded the traumatic event.

No one else was physically injured.

Medics and firefighters worked on the man for about 30 minutes. A doctor who was attending the concert pronounced him dead.

Friday, The Swell Season manager gave a statement to Mercury News:

"We are just in shock and grief and full of bewilderment," said Howard Greynolds, the band's manager. "Clearly, next year, we are going to come back to the area and do a show for a suicide prevention or something, if it turns out to be a suicide. Maybe at the Warfield or someplace -- I don't think we'd want to go back to the Mountain Winery."

He said that "no one should have to witness" what happened Thursday night at the Mountain Winery. "That's the kind of venue that people bring their kids to. There were 10- and 11-year-old kids there in the third and fourth rows."

 

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