Band offers healing after onstage death

Swell Season pays for counseling for fans who saw suicide

The Swell Season is paying for grief counseling sessions for hundreds of music fans who watched in horror as a man jumped to his death during the band's California concert.

An estimated 1,900 people attended the alt-rock group's Aug. 19 show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

As the band finished performing a song, 32-year-old Michael Pickels jumped from a roof covering the outdoor stage in an apparent suicide. Pickels landed near lead singer Glen Hansard, who's known for his role in the 2006 movie "Once."

A spokeswoman for Palo Alto-based Kara counseling center, Stephanie Demof, said Wednesday the band has promised to pay an undisclosed amount of money to help pay for four group counseling sessions.

Those services will be free to any audience members.
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