A fully-trained surgeon who also plays in a Foo Fighters tribute band has claimed that frontman Dave Grohl will be out of action for “a couple of months” following his recent leg break.
It was announced on Tuesday night (June 16) that the US band had been forced to scrap their UK stadium shows and Glastonbury headline slot after Grohl broke his leg in Sweden. The injury was sustained when he fell offstage in Gothenburg last weekend, later finishing the show despite his pain.
Now, Andy Murphy – who is reportedly a Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma surgeon at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital and also a member of the Foo Fighters covers band The Longfaces – has shared his professional opinion on Grohl’s injuries and his recovery.
“Dave sustained a nasty fracture of the distal fibula, the small bone on the outside of the ankle,” he told Rock Sound.
“X-rays show the fracture was displaced and needed surgical fixation. He has a low profile locking titanium plate and screws holding the fractured bone together. His treatment looks excellent.”
Murphy added: “The band haven’t cancelled further tour dates yet, but he’s not going to be able to walk normally, without a brace for at least six weeks.”
“And for a man who spends most of his time running around a stage at full speed, it will probably be a couple of months before he’s back to that level of action on the road.”
Murphy plays bass in the tribute act, taking on the role of the band’s Nate Mendel.
Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing. pic.twitter.com/BXvuxIfVEv
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 12, 2015
Meanwhile, another homage band UK Foo Fighters have confirmed that they’ll play two shows near Wembley Stadium in London this weekend for fans disappointed at the group’s recent tour cancellation.
Announcing replacement gigs at the nearby Crystal Clubs, the covers band wrote: “It’s an absolute honour to confirm we will be playing Wembley this Friday and Saturday evening for fans from all over the world who have travelled to London this weekend, and for Dave and Foo Fighters, who we know are gutted not to be playing.”
Entry to the gigs will be through charity donations, with proceedings going to music charity Given To Live. The shows will take place on June 19 and 20.
A new website called Sign Dave’s Cast has been set up allowing Foos fans to sign a “virtual cast” as well as promising to print a select number of signatures on an actual plaster cast before sending it to Grohl himself.
The website reads: “When a Rock God breaks a leg, he finishes the show. When mortals sign his cast, they do it with the internet. Sign Dave’s cast on Twitter by posting with #SignDavesCast. All posts will appear on Dave’s Virtual Cast. And as many as possible will be printed on an actual cast sleeve that will be sent to Dave.”
Foo Fighters have been replaced as Glastonbury’s Friday headliner by Florence + The Machine.