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Foo Fighters cancel European tour after Dave Grohl’s injury

Posted by on June 17, 2015

Last week, Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl got to be the center of attention after breaking his leg on stage during a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, and kept performing after some patching backstage, earning him the title of ‘Ultimate Badass’ of the week. Due to the incident, the Fighers were forced to cancel two of their subsequent shows to give some rest to Grohl’s broken leg, hoping they would get back in action to conclude the remaining dates of the tour. Today, we received word from their headquarters announcing the cancellation of the entire tour:

Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl’s fall from the stage during Foo Fighters’ June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band’s dates in the UK and Europe.

After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave’s full recuperation time is still to be determined.

It was previously announced that Foo Fighters’ June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland were cancelled. The following dates have now been cancelled as well:

  • June 19 & 20 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium
  • June 23 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • June 25 – Werchter, Belgium – Festivalpark Werchter
  • June 26 – Glastonbury Festival 2015

The frontman also took the time to address the issue and released a statement expressing his sentiment towards the news:

Straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage. That’s when things got really real. I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. (Thanks for the recommendation, Paul!) An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.

Operation went well. Had a great team and nice stay in hospital. Good curry, too! Thank you to everyone involved.

[…] Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…

   Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. 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….

Sounds like the injury was very serious to the point where there could be permanent damage if Grohl doesn’t take good care of it, so even though I can imagine is a bummer for those who wanted to see the Foo Fighters on the remaining dates, nothing is more important than his successful recovery. Get well soon, Dave!

[via Billboard]

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