As everyone will know by now Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl fell from the stage in Gothenburg on Friday while singing the band’s song “Monkey Wrench.” Grohl was rushed to hospital but later returned to the stadium. Incredibly Dave cemented his reputation as the nicest man in rock by finishing the show despite having sustained a broken leg in the fall. Grohl had his fall just two songs into the set but returned to complete the gig sitting on a chair and playing his guitar.
Grohl later had surgery on his leg and according to the Daily Mail had six metal pins inserted to join the broken bones. A music fan in Gothenburg captured the moment that Grohl fell from the stage into the area between the stage and the barriers holding back fans. Fortunately for Grohl he managed to keep himself upright as he fell and landed pretty much feet first. Grohl told fans that he had snapped his leg “like an old pair of chopsticks.”
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme told NME that Grohl was “lucky” not to have been more seriously injured in the fall. Had Grohl landed head-first from that height, he could easily have been killed.
“It was a pretty terrible thing to have happened but at the end of the day, he was very lucky because it was about a 12-foot stage so it could have been much worse.”
On Saturday Grohl announced that two planned concerts would have to be cancelled but that Foo Fighters hoped to be able to be back in action for the band’s sold out shows at Wembley stadium this coming weekend.
Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing. pic.twitter.com/BXvuxIfVEv
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 12, 2015
Tuesday night brought further bad news when Grohl had to cancel the rest of the band European tour, including a headline appearance at Glastonbury, on the advice of doctors. In an open letter on the Foo Fighters website Grohl apologized to fans saying, “It kills me to say it… the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys.”
At this point it is unclear how long Grohl will be incapacitated, but all shows up to and including Glastonbury are now cancelled.
At present there is no indication as to who will replace Grohl and the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury. It is also unclear as to whether or not Dave Grohl will be fit enough to resume touring. Their next scheduled appearance is now in Washington DC on July 04.
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