A new website has launched a 'virtual cast', promising to print some signatures on an actual leg cast
Foo Fighters fans will be given the chance to send their sympathetic messages to frontman Dave Grohl as the singer recovers from his recent injury that forced the band to cancel their European tour.
It was announced on Tuesday night (June 16) that the US band were 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 off the stage in Gothenburg last weekend, later finishing the show despite his pain.
Now, 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.”
See the website here.
Meanwhile, Royal Blood recently defended the Foos’ decision to cancel their tour. Speaking to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 on Thursday morning (June 18), frontman Mike Kerr said: “We were going to play a gig tomorrow with the Foo Fighters, but I’m sure as everyone who was going is aware, we’re not any more.” Kerr added: “Dave hurt his leg. It’s completely understandable [that they cancelled the shows]. He’s someone I think who wants to do things properly and it’s totally fair enough.”
Referring to the original incident at the Swedish gig, which saw Grohl continuing to finish the show despite his injury, Kerr said: “He finished the show, I think it was Gothenburg when he fell off [the stage], and he like went offstage for like 15 minutes, came back on and finished the show while being put in a cast, so he’s definitely committed to things like that. I would have definitely cried… I wouldn’t have been able to keep going. I would have tried, then I would have burst into tears halfway through a song.”
It is not known whether Foo Fighters’ stadium shows will be rescheduled. The band have been replaced as Glastonbury’s Friday headliner by Florence + The Machine. Singer Florence Welch released a statement describing her promotion to headline act as an “honour”, adding: “so sorry to hear that the Foo Fighters have had to pull out of Glastonbury, we met Dave Grohl a few years back and he was the nicest guy ever.”
In a statement released earlier this week, Foo Fighters confirmed Dave Grohl had undergone surgery on Monday (June 15) after his injury. The statement read: “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 (26)
A further announcement on ticket refunds and further information will be made on Friday (June 19).
Grohl later 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…”