February 9, 2004 12:04
BLOODY END TO NME AWARDS TOUR!
FFAF, The Rapture, The Von Bondies and Franz team up for a mass singalong, but one of them ends up in hospital...
All of the bands sang and danced their hearts out during headliner Funeral For A Friend’s closing number 'Escape Artists Never Die' on the final night of the triumphant dates, which wound up at Cardiff University (February 8).
During the song Von Bondies bassist Carrie Smith fell and smashed her head, and was taken to hospital for treatment. A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM she had between ten and fifteen stitches as a result of her injuries.
She said: "It was a bloody mess. She slipped over and hurt her eye. She’s fine now, but it was a shock."
During the night Rapture, Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand all jumped onstage at the end of each of their sets, turning the gig into a huge chaotic party.
A fan said: "Everybody just got on stage with everybody - I don't think you could have seen a happier sight. Marcie from Von Bondies spent most of the show on Jason's (Stollsteimer - singer) shoulders I think!"
He added: "All of the bands were having loads of fun and wearing each other's T-shirts."
As previously reported on NME.COM, Rapture, Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand also formed a supergroup at the NME Awards Tour stop at London's Brixton Academy on Saturday to perform a version of Von Bondies' 'It Came From Japan' (February 7).
Backstage, Stollsteimer told NME.COM: "We’re all friends, there’s no ego in these bands. It was a fun thing to do."