Dave Grohl pretends to break his leg during Foo Fighters show

The frontman broke his leg at the same venue three years ago

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 07 June 2018 11:39
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Dave Grohl pretends to break leg at gig in Sweden

Three years ago, Dave Grohl made headlines after falling off stage midway through a Foo Fighters’ show at Gothenberg’s Ullevi Stadium, Sweden, the frontman breaking his leg.

Following the incident, the band were forced to postpone their Glastonbury headline slot (they played two years later while Florence and the Machine covered their cancelled set) and Grohl ended up playing the rest of their tour from a guitar-adorned throne.

On Tuesday (5 June) the Foo Fighters returned to Gothenberg, playing a triumphant set filled with their biggest hits. However, before launching into a rendition of “All My Life”, the group decided to play a prank on the audience.

Members of the band began the show by walking on stage blasting power chords, the crowd going wild. ‘Grohl’ then decided to run down the catwalk, only to fall off stage, eerily reminiscent of the previous fall.

That, of course, was not the real Dave Grohl but a stuntman hired for the joke. Moments after the staged fall, the real Grohl came thundering onto the stage, much to everyone’s relief. The frontman then managed to stay on stage for the rest of the gig.

Following the initial accident three years ago, Grohl told the crowd: “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!”

Drummer Taylor Hawkins then took the lead, playing various covers for an hour, before Grohl returned on a stretcher to finish the concert.

Foo Fighters continue their European tour, playing Manchester and London dates later this month.

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