The Swell Season (lost onstage suicide concert footage; 2010)

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The Mountain Winery, where the suicide took place.

Status: Lost

On August 19th, 2010, during a concert by The Swell Season that was taking place at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, a 32-year-old man (later identified as Michael Edward Pickels) left his seat at around 10 PM, climbed to a rooftop approximately 20–30 feet above the stage, and, just after the band had finished playing "When Your Mind's Made Up", jumped to his death, landing just a few feet away from singer Glen Hansard.[1]

With the crowd and band in shock, they immediately stopped everything, some rushing to the man's aid, others calling for an ambulance, although despite half an hour of CPR revival attempts by paramedics who happened to be in attendance, he was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor who happened to be in the audience. It was later revealed that Pickels had recently been released from jail on a bail of $150,000, after being imprisoned for threatening to kill both himself and his girlfriend on New Year's Day of the same year.


While there is footage of the concert before and after the suicide, there is no known footage of the actual suicide that has been released despite the nearly 2000 concertgoers who had attended. YouTube user "Kittaan" has confirmed that they own footage of the suicide, but have chosen not to let anyone apart from the police and the band themselves see it out of respect.


  1. SFGate article on the incident. Retrieved 23 Jun '17