Band pull shows following Dave Grohl's stage fall in Sweden
Foo Fighters have cancelled their forthcoming appearances at London’s Wembley Stadium (June 19 and 20), and their headline slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
In a statement, the band confirmed Dave Grohl had undergone surgery on Monday (June 15) after he injured his leg having fallen off stage in Sweden last weekend.
It said: “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.”
The following dates have now been cancelled:
London Wembley Stadium (June 19,20)
Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium (23)
Belgium Werchter Festivalpark (25)
Glastonbury Festival 2015 (26)
A further announcement on ticket refunds and further information will be made on Friday (June 19).
Grohl has since published an open letter to fans on the band’s official website, which he published with an image of the boardgame ‘Operation’.
In it, he said: “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….
“You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Until then…my sincerest apologies. Your friend, Dave.”
Foo Fighters were currently based in London ahead of their Wembley Stadium gigs in the city later this week and their headline set at Glastonbury. Grohl was seen leaving his hotel on crutches with his injured leg in a cast. He was also seen being pushed around by wife Jordyn Blum in a wheelchair earlier in the day. The couple were joined by their three daughters, Violet Maye, Harper Willow and Ophelia Saint, on the trip.
The frontman took a tumble during the Gothenburg set after missing a ramp and falling into the gap between the stage and audience. A statement released by the band has since confirmed that Grohl suffered at least one fracture in his leg.
The statement reads: “As witnessed by tens of thousands in attendance at Foo Fighters June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium, Dave Grohl took a nasty spill during the second song of the set. With the help of on-site medical staff who patched him up temporarily, Dave was able to rejoin the band to complete that performance.
“While the full extent of Dave’s injuries are still being determined, it was confirmed at a post-show hospital visit that he sustained at least one fracture.
At the time of the incident, Grohl told the crowd: “I think I just broke my leg” as he lay on the ground. “I’m going to go to hospital. I’m going to fix my leg. And then I’m going to come back. You have my promise right now that the Foo Fighters – we’re going to come back and finish the show.”
Grohl performed the rest of the gig sitting in a chair with his leg bandaged. Click below to watch fan-recorded footage of the stage fall.
Following the gig, an image of an x-ray was uploaded to Foo Fighters’ official Instagram account with the caption “Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing.”
Foo Fighters recently kicked off their UK and Ireland tour at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light with an epic, two and-a-half hour performance on May 25. Having also played in Manchester, the band were set to stop off in Ireland, London and Edinburgh before their Glastonbury Festival headline slot at the end of June.
The band played Old Trafford in Manchester on May 27 as part of their UK tour. Seeing a fan singing the lyrics to their 2002 single ‘Times Like These’, singer Dave Grohl invited the eight year old fan, named Frankie, onto the stage to duet on the track