Idlewild guitarist in arm injury drama

Rod Jones falls down a flight of stairs at gig

Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones has fallen down a flight of stairs 30 minutes before the opening gig of the band’s tour, putting their following shows in doubt.

Jones was watching support act The Twilight Sad perform at the Carling Academy in Liverpool when he turned and tripped.

He explained: “I couldn’t believe it. One minute I was watching the band and the next I was at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

“I landed on my arm which is the worst thing possible for a guitarist so it wasn’t the best start to our UK tour.”

Jones added: “It was a bit scary and I thought we were going to have to cancel a whole bunch of shows. My arm was [in] agony so we strapped it up and put it in ice. I didn’t want to let our fans down so I played the gig but I can’t say it was the best performances I have ever given.

“We discussed pulling out of the tour because I didn’t want to do my arm any more damage. After the gig we went straight to the hospital to get it checked out. I was told I had a hairline fracture but the doctor said I could continue to play.”

He told The Daily Record: “He joked it probably wasn’t the most advisable thing, but that it would be okay and shouldn’t get any worse.”

They will play:

Lochinver Village Hall (October 15)

Inverness Ironworks (16)

Oban Corran Halls (18)

Dundee Fat Sams (20)

Glasgow Barrowlands (21)

Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (23)

Falmouth Princess Pavilion (24)

Exeter Phoenix (25)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (27)

Warwick University (28)

Cambridge Junction (29)

London KOKO (30)

Edinburgh Queens Hall (November 3)

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