It takes a special kind of commitment to keep entertaining a crowd of thousands on a freshly-broken leg, but Dave Grohl is dedicated to his fans. The Foo Fighters frontman took a catastrophic tumble off the stage during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday, forcing him into a surprisingly brief hiatus to seek medical assistance, as the BBC reports.
Two songs into the band’s show at Ullevi stadium, Grohl seemed to have miscalculated a jump onto a ramp, falling instead into the security pit. “I think I just broke my leg,” he announced to the crowd while lying on the ground, as captured by a fan video. “I think I really broke my leg!” To any audience members making the reasonable assumption that the show was over for the night, he offered some reassurance. “You have my promise right now that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish this show,” he said. “But right now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’m gonna fix my leg. But then I’m gonna come back, and we’re gonna play for you again! I’m so sorry!”
He then handed the show over to drummer Taylor Hawkins, who led the band in a set of covers in Grohl’s absence. About an hour later, Grohl returned to the stage on a stretcher, with the assistance of two medics. They set him down on a chair, from which he proceeded to rock for another two-and-a-half hours.
The Foo Fighters later confirmed the extent of Grohl’s damage by Tweeting an x-ray showing a rather gruesome-looking fracture. “Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing,” the caption said. Unfortunately, the injury has forced the band to cancel their June 14th appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and their show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland on June 16th.