March 10, 2000 12:59


Grunge-lite guitarist has a nasty accident...

BUSH guitarist NIGEL PULSFORD has fractured his ankle after falling off the stage whilst performing a gig at Norwich UEA last Tuesday (March 7).

An eyewitness at the Norwich show told "I thought the gig was absolutely storming. The band were just jumping around like most bands do, doing their performance. I think he jumped and when he landed he twisted it. There were certainly a lot of ice packs around backstage after the performance!"

A UK spokesperson for Bush added: "Because it was the end of the tour the band were all really going for it. He twisted his ankle and didn't think anything about it. The next day he woke up in agony with it really swollen and it was then he decided to go to hospital."

Pulsford had recovered sufficiently to be able to play the following night (March 8) at the Manchester Academy, albeit with his ankle fully bandaged. At the Manchester date the band were joined by No Doubt vocalist Gwen Stefani for a version of 'Space Travel' from Bush's new album 'The Science Of Things'.

Bush have been plagued by bad luck throughout their tour. In November the band postponed for two months the entire UK leg of the tour because of "unforseen promotional demands on the band's time". On the rearranged dates the band then postponed the Manchester and Norwich legs again, due to problems with singer Gavin Rossdale's throat.

Bush released their latest single 'Warm Machine' on March 6 through Trauma Records.

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