Rock 'n Roll has always been about excess, so when Dave Grohl appeared on stage in a giant throne, playing guitar and singing lead for the Foo Fighters, despite his recently broken leg, it may have just seemed like another night for one of the world's biggest rock bands.
The Foo Fighters' front man was in good spirits while performing in Washington, D.C., for the band's 20th anniversary concert on July 4. His leg, in a cast, was resting on his motorized and specially designed throne, and Grohl jokingly asked the crowd how many people viewed his injury on YouTube -- while playing a clip of the fall on a giant screen behind him.
"How many of you saw that on YouTube? I hit the ground so hard. I dislocated my ankle and I broke my leg."Fans on social media were quite impressed with Grohl, his chair, and his dedication.The Foo Fighters' set list included some of their biggest hits. The band played Everlong, Best of You, Big Me, Breakout, and Monkey Wrench, which was the song they were playing when Grohl fell off the stage. Not wanting to have a repeat of the disaster, and wanting to find some way to be able to play on the special night for the Foo Fighters, Grohl had his team create the chair that he designed.
"I said I'm not missing this show for the world. You build me that picture and we'll play Washington DC."After falling off the stage and breaking his leg during a concert in Gothenburg on June 12, the Foo Fighters were forced to cancel many of their upcoming dates. The Foo Fighters canceled U.K. stadium shows, their European tour, and a headline concert at Glastonbury. Saturday's performance was Grohl's and the Foo Fighters' first appearance in concert since the fall.
After falling off the stage, Grohl apologized and promised the fans the Foo Fighters would come back. But a short time later, he returned to the stage to finish the concert from a chair, before finally being taken to the hospital. Grohl had surgery on his leg and in order to join his broken bones, he had six metal pins inserted. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme said Grohl easily 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."The Foo Fighters have released eight studio albums since 1995, each of the charting in the top 25. The Foo Fighters' seventh album, 2011's Wasting Light, was their first to reach No. 1 in the U.S.
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