Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who are the core members of The Swell Season, have vowed to complete their tour despite witnessing a suicide at their gig at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California on Thursday night.
“To witness such a tragic thing. Thankfully nobody else got hurt,” wrote Hansard on his twitter account.
“This was a deeply tragic event that we and all who were there last night will remember forever.
“But ultimately, we have to move on. We’re all ok. We talked all night and decided we must go on. If this was a suicide, then we can only send him light and move on. Our deepest sympathies go to him and all who witnessed this.”
The man who died was 32-year-old Michael Edward Pickels who left his seat at 10 pm, climbed up onto the roof and leapt to his death, landing a few feet away from the Irish singer on stage.
Pickels was facing domestic assault charges against his girlfriend and was out on bail ahead of scheduled court proceedings on October 5.
According to the band’s website, there next gig is scheduled fro Vancouver tonight before they head to Brazil for two gigs on Friday and Saturday.