Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters’ lead singer and guitarist, wants his fans to know he cares. After canceling five European tour dates due to a broken leg, an apologetic Grohl, 46, penned an open letter to his band’s fans on Tuesday, explaining the situation and promising to make the cancelled gigs up to the disappointed ticketholders.
Last Friday, while performing with Foo Fighters during a show in Gothenburg, Sweden, Grohl fell off of the stage while egging on the crowd and broke his leg. The dedicated performer did not let the injury stop the show and he finished the set with an EMT onstage holding his leg in place and applying a cast. Grohl detailed the situation in his letter.
"Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet, dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks," wrote Grohl. "Whoopsie daisy. Not good. Without realizing the extent of my injuries, I stood up to get back onstage and crumbled like a sack of Joe Theismanns (look it up, kiddies). That s--- was B-R-O-K-E."
Grohl also explained why he continued the show after his fall.
“I couldn’t stand the thought of such a perfect night going to waste,” wrote Grohl. “I asked if I could get back onstage to finish the show, but they said I needed a cast (which was 20 minutes away at the hospital) to hold my ankle in place. So I looked my EMT, Johan in the eyes and said, ‘Well, then you’re coming up there with me right now and holding it in place until they can bring the cast here. Ready?’ He stared at me wide-eyed for a second and said, ‘OK, let’s go.’”
Despite soldiering on in Sweden, doctors’ orders have forced Grohl and Foo Fighters to cancel five shows on their tour -- two shows at London's Wembley Stadium (June 19th and 20th), another at Edinburgh's BT Murrayfield Stadium (June 23th), one at Werchter, Belgium's Festivalpark Werchter (June 25th), and a headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival (June 26th).
“The doctors have told us to cancel shows,” wrote Grohl. “I’m really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us.”
So, Foo Fighters are out of commission for a little while, but if the band’s Sweden show is any indication, Grohl and his band will be back in action as soon as possible.
See the full text of Grohl’s letter on Foo Fighter’s website HERE.