Muso in hospital after head injury
UPDATE: Late last night, The Northern Star received word that 43-year-old Bellingen musician Pete Hanson had regained consciousness after being in an induced coma in Gold Coast Hospital following an incident on Friday night.
According to witnesses, Pete Hanson, from renowned north coast band, Brut 66, was talking to a bouncer outside the Lennox Hotel just before he hit his head on the footpath, sustaining a serious head injury.
The hotel was hosting legendary 1980s Sydney punk band X who are touring the east coast.
Police are investigating the incident but could not confirm whether Mr Hanson was pushed or fell of his own accord.
NSW Ambulance duty inspector Glen Eady said paramedics attended the incident where they treated a 43-year-old man from Bellingen for head injuries.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for examination before being transferred to Gold Coast Hospital for a CT scan pending surgery.
Mr Hanson was transported by ambulance under the care of a doctor to the Gold Coast about 6am on Saturday in an induced coma and underwent went surgery later that morning.
The Nurse Manager at Gold Coast Hospital said Mr Hanson was in a serious but stable condition on Saturday afternoon following several hours in surgery.
Family and friends travelled to the Gold Coast Hospital on Saturday to be with Mr Hanson whose condition remained the same yesterday.
Lennox Hotel licensee Damian McCaffery said that according to initial inquiries by police it was a "very unfortunate accident" and "no punches were thrown".
"At this stage we are assisting police with their inquiries and I'd prefer to leave it at that," he said.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Mic Dempsey, confirmed police attended the incident and were conducting an investigation and were appealing for witnesses to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, he said.
Mr Hanson is best known in the region by his stage name: Pete Bufo.
He is well known within the North Coast's music scene.
An appeal to assist Mr Hanson's family with medical expenses and other costs associated with his stay in hospital has been launched.
Details of the appeal are on a Facebook group called "for Pete's sake", or by following this link: http://on.fb.me/rHXyxS.