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Festivus Put on Ice Following Weezer Bus Accident

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The Sunday morning bus accident that injured Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has ruined a fake holiday for the D.C. area.

The '90s alt-rockers were supposed to headline D.C. 101's Festivus party Wednesday night at George Mason's Patriot Center, but the band has canceled the rest of the dates on the tour because of Cuomo's injuries.

The tour bus, which carried Cuomo, his family and assistants, hit a patch of black ice west of Albany and plunged about 10 feet into a muddy ravine but did not flip over, according to the band's website. Cuomo's wife and baby daughter didn't sustain any injuries, but the rock icon himself cracked three ribs, injured his lower leg and suffered some minor-but-painful interior damage.

As a result, the rest of the band's December tour in support of their latest album, "Raditude," was canceled. The dates will be rescheduled, but you can't reschedule Festivus.

Festivus, of course, was the fictional winter holiday conjured by the fictional George Costanza's fictional father more than a decade ago on "Seinfeld." Über-fans have adopted the holiday over the years, staging Festivus parties in homes, bars, clubs and arenas nationwide. New Jersey rock band Titus Andronicus even titled its debut LP after a line from the episode.

So people trapped in the '90s will have to air their grievances elsewhere Wednesday. Refunds can be obtained at the place of purchase. Online and phone orders will be refunded automatically.

As for the rest of us, Wednesday night still offers the brilliant power pop of Brendan Benson -- better known as the lesser-known co-frontman of the Raconteurs -- at Nightclub 9:30.
 

Our thoughts are with Cuomo, his family and his assistants. We hope for a speedy recovery.

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