Otto Schimmelpenninck is the bassist for a Dutch metal band called Delain.
He is also way more metal than you will ever be.
During a gig in Birmingham, England, Schimmelpenninck (that’s a hell of a name) ruptured a testicle and kept playing until the show was over.
Apparently, the bassist was standing too close to a cannon shooting out silver streamers.
One hit him in his downstairs area, and the rest is excruciatingly painful history.
Schimmelpenninck posted about it on Facebook. Here’s what he wrote:
As some of you know, we use ‘streamer canons’, which shoot silver streamers into the audience, usually during The Gathering. We’ve been using this for ages without any problems at all, but in Birmingham things went wrong.
Since we were with 6 on stage instead of 5, there wasn’t really a standard position on stage. Normally, Charlotte would be stage center, Timo at the singing mic, I at the other side. Having Merel on stage with us meant everyone just had to pay attention at the moment the streamers would shoot. In my enthusiasm I did not pay attention, and happened to be VERY close when the streamer fired. It hit me from the back, in my genitals. Although pain was pretty bad right away, I was merely pissed off at myself for not paying attention. During the next song, pain got worse though, and I had the feeling I was bleeding. Pretty soon pain got to the point where I could barely stay conscious anymore, but for some reason I did manage to finish the show and even squeeze out some grunts!
After the show the damage was more obvious: my scrotum was the size of a big grapefruit and I was in a lot (yeah, really a lot) of pain. I was taken to the nearest hospital where after hours and hours of waiting, I was finally operated around 8:30 in the morning. It appeared here my left testicle had been ruptured as well as some arteries.
Schimmelpenninck won’t know for another six weeks if he’s able to keep the testicle or not. In the meantime, let’s all pray for this tortured soul.
You can check out a video of the incident above. It happens around the 3:30 mark.