RYAN ADAMS has been forced to cancel all of his forthcoming North American gigs following a horrific fall earlier this week which left him with a broken wrist
As previously reported on NME.COM, the singer fell six feet into the orchestra pit, fracturing his left wrist during ‘Shadowlands’ at last Sunday’s (January 22) Liverpool Royal Court gig. His leg was also injured and his microphone smashed his lip as he fell.
Adams’ European dates were due to continue until his NME Awards show at London’s Brixton Academy (February 10) before he jetted off to the US to embark on a string of dates, kicking off in Columbia, Mo. on March 2. As reported on Billboard, the jaunt would have seen the singer play across the States, winding up in Denver on March 26.
On Sunday (January 25), Adams called NME.COM to give his only interview about the accident.
He said: “I heard the noise but I didn’t feel the pain. The sound of my wrist breaking off my arm was really loud. It popped. People heard it. I think you could hear the break. I remember thinking ‘OK, my neck is fine’, then making sure my back was OK. Then people came to help me. Then I looked at my arm and went ‘Oh shit!’ To begin with I thought it was just swollen but after a first glance I knew exactly what had happened. I was thinking ‘This is it, it’s fucked’.”
The star was rushed to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for treatment. He was kept in overnight and then made a trip to London to see a specialist on Friday (January 23) where the decision was made to fly back to New York to recover. The initial diagnosis is that it could take two months to set the bone, and Adams could lose up to 20 per cent of the mobility in his wrist.
Adams continued: “They said it’ll take at least six weeks or two months. That’s for the bones to take. They might have to wire it together with metal wires. The guess now is that I could lose up to 20 per cent of the mobility in my wrist. That’s the percentage I won’t be able to bend it any more. My fingers and hand will be fine but I’ll have to re-train my wrist. We’ll see about guitar but it might make me a great piano player! I have a feeling I’ll be able to pull through. It’s all about making sure I can get my wrist about a guitar.”
The cancelled NME Awards show date is likely to be rescheduled for a later date.
For the full story on the incident, see this week’s NME, issue dated January 31.