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Dave Grohl Breaks Leg, Plays On

Dave Grohl Breaks Leg, Plays On

'Go, break a leg!’ is theatre parlance for 'All the best!' We don’t guess it applies to the wider genre of on-stage performers, such as singers and guitarists. On June 12, in Gothenberg, Sweden, Dave Grohl surely hadn’t bargained for such luck, even though he was fortunate enough to have his broken leg fixed backstage and he returned to the stage , albeit in a wheelchair, to finish their set.

The Foo Fighters had played two songs and was playing 'Monkey Wrench' when Grohl 'got too excited' and fell off the stage.  Grohl, lying on his back, addressed the crowd,

I think I just broke my leg. 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 need to go to the hospital; his leg was set backstage. Drummer Taylor Hawkins held the audience with covers of the Faces’ 'Stay With Me' and Queen and David Bowie‘s 'Under Pressure'. Grohl dramatically returned to the stage on a stretcher, and was helped into the chair by his road crew as he took over Bowie’s vocal parts.

I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream, he said. Grohl took another break from the stage reportedly to get a more permanent cast on his leg, as drummer Taylor Hawkins continued with covers of Queen’s 'Tie Your Mother Down' and the Rolling Stones‘ 'Miss You.' Grohl returned again, and finished out the set, impressively keeping his promise.

A photograph of an X-ray which seems to confirm Grohl did indeed break his leg, was posted by the band a few hours later.

The Foo Fighters’ current tour in support of Sonic Highways may or may not get affected by this event. They have two weeks to go in Europe, finishing with a slot at Glastonbury on June 26. They begin a three-and-a-half month trip across North America and a huge festival show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before returning to Europe in November.