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Foo Fighters cancel European tour after Grohl's tumble off-stage

music Updated: Jun 17, 2015 04:15 IST
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Foo Fighters on Tuesday called off the rest of their European tour after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg in a concert, which he completed in true rock and roll fashion accompanied by a medic and a cast.

Grohl, in his first extensive comments about his accident on Friday, said that he had hoped to show similar stamina by pressing on with the tour but that doctors told him he needed to keep his leg elevated.

"It kills me to say it... the doctors have told us to cancel shows," said the former Nirvana drummer.

"But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us," Grohl wrote on Foo Fighters' website, where a graphic showed him in a medical examination with a broken heart.

Foo Fighters canceled their five remaining performances in Europe including the Glastonbury festival in England, where the alternative rock giants had been the scheduled as the headliner for June 26.

The influential festival said in an official statement that it was looking for a new headline act.

Foo Fighters, who also canceled two shows at London's Wembley Stadium, are next slated to perform on July 4 at Washington's RFK stadium.

The show is meant to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary as well as highlight Grohl's recent television series on American music, with the band due to appear in Washington with major music figures including Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

Grohl fell some 12 feet (3.5 meters) off the stage last Friday in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the second song of the set, "Monkey Wrench."

"As I lay there on my back, I just thought, 'Are you kidding me? We haven't even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is fucking OVER?" he wrote.

The 46-year old was rushed to a hospital and returned an hour later, performing as a medic - identified as Johan - held his leg in a cast.

"It was without a doubt the single most bizarre Foo Fighters show in the entire 20 years of being a band. Hands down," Grohl wrote.

"What seemed like a tragedy at first turned into a triumph, and we all walked away with a new sense of appreciation for what we've got."

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