SIDE B: DAVE GROHL IS THE MAN—UPDATE
Last week we reported about Dave Grohl’s heroic (if you will) return to the stage to finish a show following Dave breaking his leg during the show. As an update, it appears the break was worse than originally thought. Now, the Foo Fighters have announced a cancellation of the remaining tour dates in Europe and the UK. Grohl wrote the following on the band’s website:
“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.”
In a further statement released from the band’s public relations firm, the following was released:
“Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl’s fall from the stage during Foo Fighters’ June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band’s dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave’s full recuperation time is still to be determined.”
It is unfortunate that Grohl’s accident led to this but doesn’t it further add to the heart and soul fueled passion that this man brings to his audience and fans? Again, Dave, we salute you. Feel better and get back on tour soon.
SIDE B: DAVE GROHL IS THE MAN—NO FOOING
This week’s Side B honors are split between Taylor Swift and Dave Grohl. Grohl, an epic entertainer in his own right, has to get the award for his unrelenting willingness to come through for his fans and to deliver like no other frontman. The story goes like this.
Yesterday, the Foo Fighters frontman unfortunately took a catastrophic tumble off the stage during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. The incident occurred just two songs into the band’s show at Ullevi stadium and following the fall Grohl had to unfortunately leave the stage. (Reports suggest that Grohl seemed to have miscalculated a jump onto a ramp, falling instead into the security pit).
However, before he left and while lying on the ground Grohl announced:
“I think I just broke my leg. I think I really broke my leg!”
Fans immediately began to wonder if the show was over with which, in all candor, would not have been an unreasonable result. However, showing incredible moxy that only Grohl can muster, he announced:
“You have my promise right now that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish this show. 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!”
Grohl then turned over frontman duties 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 medics. Grohl proceeded to sit in a chair from which he proceeded to perform for another two-and-a-half hours.
X-rays later showed the break was indeed a serious one.
If Grohl’s actions don’t show dedication to the Foo fans then nothing does. Just ask yourself, how many performers would have returned to that stage? And, not just for a brief showing—for a two-and-a-half hour set! Frankly, no one would have blamed Grohl if he did not return. But instead, he did;for another two-and-a-half hours which is longer than some performers play to begin with. Grohl is giving for his fans. Very giving. For that he deserves Side B accolades. I am not Fooing about with that one and apparently neither is Grohl who gives the old saying “break a leg,” a new meaning.