Dave Grohl Falls Off Stage, Breaks Leg… Still Finishes the Show!
Dave Grohl fell off the stage and broke his leg only two songs into the Foo Fighters' set in Gothenburg, Sweden last night (June 12). Remarkably, he returned a short while later in a temporary cast and finished out the set while seated in a chair.
Consequence of Sound notes that the band was playing "Monkey Wrench" when it happened. The video above picks up the immediate aftermath, when Grohl, lying on his back, addresses the crowd.
"I think I just broke my leg," he said. "I think I really broke my leg. So look! You have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters...we're gonna come back and finish the show. But right now [...] I'm gonna go to the hospital. I'm gonna fix my leg, but then I'm gonna come back, and we're gonna play for you again. I'm so sorry."
Fortunately, he didn't have to go to the hospital; his leg was set backstage while drummer Taylor Hawkins continued with covers of the Faces' "Stay With Me" and Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." During the latter song, Grohl dramatically returned to the stage on a stretcher, and was placed into the chair by his road crew while taking over Bowie's vocal parts.
“I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream,” he said later. After a few more songs, Grohl took another break from the stage (reportedly to get a more permanent cast on his leg), and drummer Taylor Hawkins led the band through covers of Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" and the Rolling Stones' "Miss You." Grohl returned again, and quite impressively finished out the set.
A few hours later, the band posted a photograph of an X-ray which seems to confirm Grohl did indeed break his leg:
As of now, it remains unknown how this will affect the Foo Fighters' current tour in support of Sonic Highways. They have two weeks left in Europe, culminating with a slot at Glastonbury on June 26. They begin a three-and-a-half month spell across North America with a massive festival show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before returning to Europe in November.
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