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Bassist Chad Hanks recalls terrible moment when he found out Bryan Ottoson had died.

By Chris Harris

By the time American Head Charge’s tour bus pulled to a stop outside the Plex in North Charleston, South Carolina, just before 6 a.m. on April 19, Bryan Ottoson was already dead. Somewhere between Baltimore and North Charleston, Ottoson stopped breathing. But American Head Charge’s guitarist died doing something bassist Chad Hanks says he loved to do.

“He was always upset when we had to come home from touring. He did everything he could to stay on tour.”

“All he wanted to do was tour,” Hanks said in American Head Charge’s first interview since Ottoson’s body was discovered (see “American Head Charge Guitarist Found Dead”). “He was always upset when we had to come home from touring. He did everything he could to stay on tour.”

Ottoson’s passion for mile-logging, Hanks said, made the band’s decision to rejoin Mudvayne on the road this past weekend, after dropping off the tour for a handful of dates, not easy, but obvious.

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