Foo Fighters pull out of Glastonbury after Dave Grohl breaks leg

Band cancel five tour dates, including Wembley stadium, in addition to two already announced after frontman’s recent fall from stage during Sweden gig

Plans by Foo Fighters to appear at Glastonbury festival, Wembley stadium and Edinburgh have been cancelled after the band’s singer and guitarist, Dave Grohl, broke his leg during a concert.

The band announced on Saturday that their frontman’s injuries were so severe they would not be able to play two forthcoming European shows.

Further bad news for fans came on Tuesday when the band announced that doctors have ordered the cancellation of the remainder of scheduled dates in the UK and Europe.

“After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave’s full recuperation time is still to be determined,” they added in a statement.

Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl leaves a restaurant in Mayfair, London, on 14 June. ‘My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while,’ he told fans on Tuesday. Photograph: Palace Lee/Rex Shutterstock

In a post on the band’s website, Grohl apologised to fans, saying: “It kills me to say it ….. the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys.”

“You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us ….”

Grohl added that the operation went well, adding: “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 …”

A statement on the Glastonbury website said: “We wish Dave Grohl all the best for a full and speedy recovery. A new Friday night headliner will be announced soon.”

Grohl tumbled off the stage at the Nya Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, while performing Monkey Wrench, one of the band’s best-known songs, on Friday.

Still clutching his microphone while he lay beside the stage, Grohl told the crowd: “I think I just broke my leg. I’m going to go to hospital. I’m going to fix my leg and then I’m going to come back.”

In addition to the cancellation of the 14 June appearance at the Pinkpop festival and 16 June show at the AFG Arena in St Gallen, Switzerland, the remaining cancelled shows in the UK and Europe are:

  • 19 and 20 June - London, UK - Wembley stadium
  • 23 June - Edinburgh, UK - BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • 25 June - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter festival
  • 26 June - Glastonbury festival 2015


Ben Quinn

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